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Upton Urges Immediate Bipartisan Reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act

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Washington, September 10, 2018 | Tom Wilbur (202-225-3761) | comments

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, recently joined colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in sending a letter to House Speaker Paul D. Ryan and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy urging an immediate, bipartisan reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

Upton supported the original VAWA in 1994 and has voted for every subsequent bipartisan reauthorization since (2000, 2005, and 2013).

“Programs authorized and funded under VAWA work to protect girls, boys, men, and women from these terrible crimes. The programs provide funding to ensure safety and support for survivors, increase prevention efforts, expand educational awareness surrounding domestic violence and sexual assault, implement training for health professionals and law enforcement, and to coordinate responses across agencies,” Upton and his colleagues write. “We have all seen the positive impact of these programs in our districts and have met individuals in our communities who have benefited from the protections this law provides.

“This is not a partisan issue. VAWA has historically been continually reauthorized on a bipartisan basis in Congress. We must act now to maintain and strengthen this critical law.”

Read the full letter online here or below:

Dear Speaker Ryan and Majority Leader McCarthy:

As you know, on September 30th the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is set to expire, leaving us only 7 legislative days to prevent a lapse in authorization. We therefore urge you to advance a bipartisan reauthorization of VAWA without delay.

Since being signed into law in 1994, VAWA has helped to protect and support millions of Americans who have faced domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. This landmark legislation has drastically improved our nation’s response to these crimes and has contributed to the overall declining rates of domestic abuse since its enactment. However, instances of violence are still very common. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in our country, about 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men experience some form of contact sexual violence during their lifetime.

Programs authorized and funded under VAWA work to protect girls, boys, men, and women from these terrible crimes. The programs provide funding to ensure safety and support for survivors, increase prevention efforts, expand educational awareness surrounding domestic violence and sexual assault, implement training for health professionals and law enforcement, and to coordinate responses across agencies. We have all seen the positive impact of these programs in our districts and have met individuals in our communities who have benefited from the protections this law provides.

This is not a partisan issue. VAWA has historically been continually reauthorized on a bipartisan basis in Congress. We must act now to maintain and strengthen this critical law.

We urge expeditious reauthorization of VAWA and thank you for your attention to this important issue.
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