In a bold move, Congresswoman Gwen Moore of Wisconsin introduced the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act by sharing her personal experience as a rape and domestic violence survivor.
Congresswoman Moore begins speaking at the 48 second mark and goes into her own personal history at the 2 minute mark in the video.
The key part here rests on her thoughts pertaining to the male-dominated, Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee voting against a bill that usually has bipartisan support.
I don’t have enough time to share all these experiences with you but I can tell you that when this bill came out of the Senate Judiciary Committee with all the Republican Senators, all of the guys voting no, it brought up some terrible memories for me of having boys sit in a locker room and sort of bet that I, the egghead, couldn’t be ‘had.’ And then the appointed boy, when he saw that I wasn’t going to be so willing, completed a date rape and then took my underwear to display it to the rest of the boys. This is what American women are facing.
Republicans want to make it tougher for law enforcement to protect women from violence. If they felt otherwise, they would support a bill that has helped drop the rate of domestic violence by 50 percent since its inception in 1994.
“Domestic violence is a cancer that pervades our communities and our homes,” said Rep. Moore. “As a survivor of domestic violence I feel it is my personal responsibility to reach back and help those who have been victimized.”
According to the Rape, Abuse, & Incest Nation Network, a person is sexually assaulted every two minutes. More than half are not reported and roughly 97 percent of rapists will never spend a day in jail.
With those stats, how can the Republican Party deny strengthening the ability of law enforcement to do their job?
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