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Women’s Media Center Applauds the Passage of Violence Against Women Act

February 28, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Women’s Media Center applauds Congress for reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act.

“This bill was critical in the fight to protect not just women, but all victims of domestic and sexual violence,” said Julie Burton, president of the Women’s Media Center. “It is crucially important that the protections of this bill include gay, bisexual or transgender victims of domestic abuse and Native American women and it is disturbing to see that some members of Congress apparently felt they are not worthy of protection. There were great efforts made by many advocates to make sure their voices were heard and we hope the passage of this Act will go a long way in making sure all Americans can live safely.”

The bill, which was approved by the House today, and the Senate earlier, now goes to President Obama for his signature. The landmark legislation, which was first passed in 1994, expands coverage for same-sex couples and Native American women on reservations.

The Women’s Media Center Women Under Siege project documents how rape and other forms of sexualized violence are used as tools in genocide and conflict throughout the 20th century and into the 21st.

The Women’s Media Center works to make women and girls visible and powerful in the media through strategic programs that transform the media landscape, and that include media training, media monitoring and activism, media reports, media programs, and special initiatives.  The Women’s Media Center also produces original media content on our CBS radio show, Women’s Media Center Live with Robin Morgan, and publishes Women’s Media Center Features that provide progressive women’s perspectives on both headline stories and timely events.  The organization was founded in 2005 by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem.

For more information, contact Cristal Williams Chancellor, media relations manager, or 202-587-1636.