Believe women, increase protections for survivors, and your vote matters: Civic action to-do list for 9-24-18

3. Believe Women!

We are taking steps forward in responding to victims of gender-based violence, but recent actions of members of the Senate are taking us backwards . The attacks on Dr. Blasey Ford’s credibility send a message to every victim of sexual violence that their trauma doesn’t matter, that they do not deserve justice, and that – for them – fair treatment is out of reach. Call your Senators and tell them to advocate for a hearing process that consults experts on sexual violence and trauma, calls for a nonpartisan investigation into the allegations, and adheres to the basic tenants of a trauma-informed approach.

2. Increase Protections for Survivors!

Violence against women is a national public health crisis, but it is clear that some members of the Senate are not committed to changing the culture of violence that still exists. Adding a VAWA extension to the Continuing Resolution without consultation with advocates after months of negotiations and discussions is unacceptable, as are the abhorrent comments made some members of the Senate in response to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations of sexual assault against Judge Brett Kavanaugh. We need to do more to stop gender-based violence and protect our communities. We need a VAWA with meaningful improvements that invests in prevention, increases access to justice and safety for Native women, and ends abusers’ easy access to firearms. Call your Senators andRepresentative and tell them to keep pushing for a VAWA with critical enhancements for survivors.

1. Your Vote Matters!

It's up to all of us to protect the rights of women and girls by voting for elected officials who advocate for increasing opportunities for women and ensuring their physical and economic safety. JWI launched a voter initiative, “Hear Us Vote”, a nonpartisan effort to encourage voter engagement this fall, to provide resources and educate women on the importance of voting "up and down" the ballot. Make sure you are registered to vote at your current address; download a sample ballot to make sure you know the candidates running; and research their positions and voting records. Be an informed voter! Click  here  for additional resources. In addition, you can click  here  to order a “Hear Us Vote” shirt or sweatshirt!

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Action AlertDanielle Cantor