Thursday, March 7, 2013
President Obama Signs Expanded Violence Against Women Act
According to the Associated Press, President Barack Obama has signed expanded protections for domestic violence victims into law, renewing a measure credited with curbing attacks against women a year and a half after it lapsed amid partisan bickering.
The revitalized Violence Against Women Act also marked an important win for gay rights advocates and Native Americans, who will see new protections under the law, and for Obama, whose attempts to push for a renewal failed last year after they became entangled in gender politics and the presidential election.
He remarked, "This is your day. This is the day of the advocates, the day of the survivors. This is your victory. This victory shows that when the American people make their voices heard, Washington listens."
Why Was This Needed?
Although, in 2010, women and girls nationwide experienced about 270,000 rapes or sexual assaults, compared with 556,000 in 1995, still, "1 in 5 women will be raped during their lifetime," said Obama, asserting a continued need for action nearly two decades after the bill’s original passage in 1994.
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