Erin Weed's Blog

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

700 Women

Every day, 700 women are assaulted or raped by their partners. In my line of work, the questions and concerns I constantly hear from women is about the stranger in the bushes. The fact remains that we are more likely to be assaulted by someone we know than by the faceless stranger. In 1994, The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was created. It gave funding to end crimes including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. VAWA was reauthorized in 2000, incorporating new programs including funding for important services for immigrant, rural, disabled and older women. Next month Congress will debate the reauthorization of VAWA with the opportunity to make further improvements to continue its programs. Because of the VAWA, rates of domestic violence incidents have dropped by almost 50% and incidents of rape are down by 60%. Intimate partners committed fewer murders in each of the 3 years (1996, 1997, and 1998) than in any other year since 1976. Clearly this is something American women need, and you can help keep the VAWA by signing a simple petition showing your support. Please take 2 minutes to do this! Thanks. Sign the petition to save VAWA

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