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House can no longer ignore violence against LGBT community

By Sharon Stapel, executive director, New York City Anti-Violence Project On February 12th, the Senate passed S. 47, a bill that reauthorizes the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) by a 78-22 margin. VAWA is our nation’s response to domestic and sexual violence and provides the greatest source of programming and funding for survivors of domestic [...]

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WHY WOMEN’S VOICES MUST “ROAR” IN MARCH, 2013

By M. DeLois (Dee) Strum, National President, The National Coalition of 100 Black Women It is ironic that the month of March, established by the U.S. Congress, in 1987, as “Women’s Month of History”, may this year be remembered as the month in which the U.S. House of Representatives failed to reauthorizeone of the most [...]

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A VAWA For All Victims

By Shaina Goodman, Public Policy Coordinator, National Network to End Domestic Violence Long before my day-to-day professional life involved advocating for the Violence Against Women Act – and before I even knew that VAWA existed – I believed in the importance of this bill. As a college student, I volunteered at a transitional housing program [...]

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New Congress should focus on passing VAWA

By Sharon Stapel, executive director, New York City Anti-Violence Project In a year where we have seen much progress from the White House and from the Department of Justice in addressing the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) survivors of violence, there is one national body that has failed to act. The [...]

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Prioritizing Campus Safety

There is a crisis at colleges and universities across the nation­. In just the first six weeks of 2013, a Huffington Post survey found 75 instances of sexual assaults reported on college campuses. This is outrageous, but we shouldn’t be surprised. A U.S. Department of Justice study found that around 28 percent of women are [...]