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“Special” Protections for “Special” Women: Why the Violence Against Women Act Expired

Nobody warned me. When I started to “come out” as a feminist activist – not just talking with friends, but sharing articles on Facebook, writing extensively about women’s rights, and participating in advocacy movements – nobody warned me. Nobody warned me that friends, friends of friends, acquaintances, and sometimes total strangers who’d come across my […]

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“Put Women’s Safety First”: Why the House Must Reauthorize VAWA Now

I used to volunteer at a domestic violence hotline. I spoke with women scared for their lives and for the lives of their children. They were hurt, angry and confused. Some needed legal counseling or refuge from an abusive partner. Others just needed someone to listen. If it hadn’t been for the Violence Against Women […]

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VAWA and the Rights of Crimes Victims

When I was stalked, I experienced first-hand the limits of the justice system and the burden that gets placed on victims.  In the last few decades, there have been numerous improvements in the way survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence are treated and the way the justice system prosecutes violence against women.   This week […]

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