Below is an email from Sheila M. Thomas, a MoveOn member who created a petition on SignOn.org, the nonprofit site that allows anyone to start their own online petition. If you have concerns or feedback about this petition, click here.
Dear MoveOn member,
Breaking news: The Senate just voted to renew the Violence Against Women Act!
Momentum's on our side, but House Speaker John Boehner and other representatives continue to block the bill from coming up for a vote. That's why I created a petition on SignOn.org urging the U.S. House of Representatives to renew the Violence Against Women Act.
In 1983, I was a victim of rape at gunpoint. At the time, I was a single mother of a five-year old daughter and attending a local community college. My rapist had already raped four women in my community. I was his fifth victim. He has never been captured.
The Violence Against Women Act initially strengthened federal penalties for repeat sex offenders, mandated that women didn't have to pay for their own rape exams, and helped communities develop law enforcement units dedicated to violence against women. This Act has been allowed to expire since it was passed, and House Republicans continue to block it—this is unacceptable.
–Sheila M. Thomas
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