April is #SexualAssaultAwarenessMonth and women, and women’s organizations including NOW are urging Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women’s Act, VAWA. The bill is #HR1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. Learn about it here and see what you can do to help move #VAWA along.
HR1585 is a bipartisan bill to reauthorize VAWA for 5 years. It makes modest yet vital improvements that are necessary to prevent domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking, and to hold offenders accountable. #VAWA gets reauthorized every 5 years. National NOW published an action alert on reauthorizing #VAWA19 on 3/15/19.
The National Task Force to End Sexual & Domestic Violence answered some important questions about VAWA and #HR1585 for people, as follows.
Another point to make is, VAWA would do many things, including expanding #guncontrol measures that prohibit individuals with a history of domestic violence, including stalking and sexual assault, from possessing firearms.
People can use social media to help encourage their congressional representatives to reauthorize VAWA. Here are some suggestions for facebook and twitter. Note, on twitter, you would replace @Rephandle with your representative’s handle. For example, use @GeorgeHolding.
Letters to the editor and op-eds in newspapers would be helpful as well in getting the word out.
Please contact NC NOW to get access to more sample tweets, ideas for op-eds, and more. Much thanks to the National Task Force on Sexual and Domestic Violence for their thorough guide.