Pelosi Statement on 23rd Anniversary of Violence Against Women Act

Sep 13, 2017
Press Release

Contact: Ashley Etienne/Henry Connelly, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released this statement marking the 23rd  anniversary of the enactment of the Violence Against Women Act legislation, which President Bill Clinton signed into law on September 13, 1994:
“Twenty-three years ago, President Bill Clinton signed the Violence Against Women Act into law, bringing together communities to tackle the horrific plague of violence against women and providing life-saving support for survivors.  VAWA has since transformed and saved countless lives and taken a strong step forward to end sexual and domestic violence.
“Freedom from abuse is a basic human right, and every survivor deserves a Congress committed to defending that right.  Four years ago, Democrats passed a more inclusive VAWA reauthorization, overcoming 18 months of hateful and hostile attacks from House Republicans who endeavored to deny LGBT, Native American and immigrant women protections from abuse.  Democrats will never back down from our sacred promise to ensure that every woman in every place can live free from abuse, and will continue to speak out and stand up against the Trump Administration’s dismissive and troubling attitude toward survivors.
“As we celebrate this landmark legislation and the progress made to wipe out domestic violence, we know that much more remains to be done.  We must take action to protect the one in four women projected to experience domestic violence in her lifetime and the millions of survivors who need and deserve our fullest support.  On this day, we pledge to drag this scourge from the shadows and banish domestic violence forever from our homes, communities and country.”

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