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The U.S. House of Representatives just introduced the single most important bill for survivors of sexual violence: the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2018, or VAWA.
And there's a big problem: it doesn't have a single Republican supporter yet.
Ever since it passed 24 years ago, VAWA has provided critical funding for services for survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking as well as efforts to prevent this violence. But because we're seeing unprecedented partisanship in Congress, the bill to reauthorize funding for all these critical services is in danger of failing.
We faced this problem only once in 2013, when conservatives didn't want protections to go to LGBTQ people, Native people, and undocumented immigrants. But women and allies, including UltraViolet, launched a massive effort that eventually forced bipartisan support for VAWA's reauthorization.
It looks like we need to launch another huge push to pass this bill--or else see VAWA expire in September. Will you speak out for women and survivors by adding your name to this petition to your member of Congress?