A group of bipartisan lawmakers reintroduced the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) on March 8th, 2021. VAWA would provide funding and grants for a variety of programs that tackle domestic abuse. VAWA’s authorization lapsed in 2018. The House passed legislation to reauthorize the measure in 2019 with the support of a handful of GOP lawmakers, but a lesser bill was put forth in the Senate and neither bill moved. You can take action now to help it move forward!
The military must do better. Army Specialist Vanessa Guillén went suspiciously missing on April 22, 2020, leaving her car keys, barracks room key, Army identification card and wallet behind at her workspace. The investigation into her disappearance was dragging on slowly at best until her family pushed via social media. Before that, the family organized multiple searches and vigils and protests, hoping to find Guillén and bring her home. Eventually, investigators found she was murdered by a soldier on base. Before the murder, Guillén told her family she had been sexually harassed by her superiors, but was afraid to report it. Her case exposed a terrible outcome of the military mishandling sexual assault and sexual harassment. Anger and frustration with these failures have created a military #MeToo movement. These continuing major failures in the military must be addressed.
Please join the Denim Day 2020 Photo Project with NOW chapters across the country for sexual assault awareness month and help us shine a light on the needs of survivors during COVID-19 . See the instructions below as a guideline for participation. This is organized by CA NOW and GA NOW.
The next NOW state presidents push: Denim Day 2020 on Apr 29. Denim Day is a campaign to get people to focus on Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This is an inspiring and powerful opportunity to practice solidarity and support survivors by renewing our commitment to exposing harmful behaviors and attitudes surrounding sexual violence. NOW state presidents are using this to push Congress to reauthorize VAWA, and thanking those who are already working for this. Continue reading
Indigenous women are raped, beaten and murdered at astounding rates. Proposed changes to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) would help deter these crimes and punish perpetrators by increasing tribal jurisdiction to include sexual violence, sex trafficking, stalking, and child abuse. We need to push our US Senators to reauthorize a strong VAWA like the one that passed in the US House over a year ago (4/4/19).
Crystal Cavelier traveled from Robeson County to speak on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women at the 2020 Raleigh Women’s March. Here is her speech. She is willing and able to speak more on this topic.
Thousands of women and allies, including many children, went to the 4th Annual Women’s March in Raleigh on Sunday, 1/26/20. Most had signs on posters, on their shirts or other clothes. Some wore pink pussy hats, even on the mild sunny day (54 in January!) The event began with a march starting at the Legislative Building (the people’s house) and all the way around Halifax Mall, led by some of the organizers chanting. People surged in to Halifax Mall, still chanting!
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the Violence Against Women Act has still not been reauthorized – over a year after it should have been reauthorized, and over 6 months since the House of Representatives passed it. Let’s push our US Senators to do their jobs! Join the tweetstorm using #VAWA19 #DVAM2019 #VAWA4All.