NOW-NY and Women’s Justice NOW Launch SurvivorStoriesNOW.org – Advocates Make Major Push for Reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act
Manhattan, NY – July 31st, 2018 – Last week, Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D – Texas) introduced the reauthorization of the landmark Violence Against Women Act (H.R. 6545). The historically bipartisan legislation was first introduced more than two decades ago and is credited with transforming our federal government’s to gender-based violence. Without action by Congress, the bill will expire at the end of September.
To proactively address concerns about how the issue of violence against women may be diminished on Trump’s watch, the National Organization for Women – New York and Women’s Justice NOW have launched the interactive microsite SurvivorStoriesNOW.org and the report, “Survivors Speak Out: Why We Need the Violence Against Women Act.” The report and website feature survivors’ stories and their testimony about how VAWA played a vital role in their lives.
“We are amplifying the voices of the survivors who have relied on the vital programs of the Violence Against Women Act, and we are calling on our Congressional leaders to act without delay to reauthorize a strong VAWA,” said Sonia Ossorio, President of NOW-NY and Executive Director of Women’s Justice NOW.
Women’s Justice NOW, in partnership with the National Organization for Women – New York, launched a campaign to shed light on the need for a strong VAWA in the spring of 2017. Organizing a series of Women’s Town Halls, survivors and service providers shared their stories to discuss the relevance of VAWA in their work and lives. In total, powerful testimony was collected from over 75 organizations and survivors of sexual violence to make the undeniable case for supporting a strong VAWA.
Said Sonia Ossorio, “#MeToo has shown us that believing survivors is a powerful force for change. As a nation we must broaden efforts to reduce gender-based violence and sexual violence. VAWA funding has created the framework to do just that by providing direct services to victims to heal, but also to change the systems and the culture that lead to the reality that 1 in 3 women will experience violence, rape or stalking. We are going to need a full investment in VAWA, if we are going to make it a priority to end this violence.”
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