Tell your Senator: Protect women and girls from rape!
This week, the influential Senate Judiciary Committee will meet to vote on the 2011 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA). If Congress fails to renew VAWA, many thousands of women will be left more vulnerable to abuse – including women in prisons and jails.
Please contact your Senator urgently to demand the reauthorization of VAWA.
Passed in 1994, VAWA funds vital, community-based sexual assault prevention and counseling programs – programs that survivors of sexual abuse, both male and female, rely on to help them heal from trauma and move forward with their lives. JDI works with rape crisis centers throughout the country, training them on sexual abuse behind bars and how to work sensitively with formerly incarcerated survivors. These centers count on VAWA funds to keep their doors open.
Violence against women is unacceptable. But it can be stopped. Join us in taking action against this abuse by writing or calling your Senator today.
You can find out how to contact your Senator by following this link. When you reach your Senator’s office, here’s what you can say:
“I support the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. VAWA saves lives, makes our communities safer, and reduces long-term costs. Rape crisis centers across the country depend on VAWA funding to help people who have been abused. Please support its full reauthorization today.”
Let’s take a stand against violence against women, whether in the home, in the community, or behind bars, and end it once and for all.