Why Is Congress Playing Politics with the Violence Against Women Act?
[Editor's note: This week the House of Representatives did something appalling. In voting to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (WAWA), the GOP-led House decided that not all women deserve protection. So instead of approving the Senate’s version of the bill, the House voted to exclude gay, lesbian and transgender women, Native Americans, and undocumented immigrants. Equally distressing, the House also chose to strip new protections for college students. As a result, women are now in serious jeopardy as Salamisha Tillet points out in a post at The Nation.com.--Mona]
Full disclosure: as a rape survivor, I have been a direct beneficiary of VAWA’s funding for I, like millions of women across the country, went to my local rape crisis center for help. Since then, through my work as a university professor and the co-founder of A Long Walk Home, a nonprofit that empowers college students to end campus sexual assault I have witnessed firsthand how VAWA’s Grants to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking on Campus Program have increased resources for victims and prevention programs on campuses all over the country.
Do you think all women should be protected from domestic violence under the Violence Against Women Act? Even if they're not "citizens"?