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Letter to the Editor: Support re-authorization of Violence Against Women Act

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

My Sister’s House is urging our community and our elected officials to support the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

The Violence Against Women Act saves lives, supports families and needs to be reauthorized. A strong, bipartisan VAWA re-authorization bill (H.R. 1585) has been introduced in the House. Domestic and dating violence, rape and sexual assault and stalking are pervasive problems in our society. In our own community, a national manhunt has just concluded involving a husband charged with killing his wife with suspicion now over the death of his first wife.

VAWA’s authorization expired in mid-February. We call on U.S. Rep. George Holden, R-2nd District, and U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-1st District, to support victims and survivors by supporting H.R.1585, essential legislation that authorizes funding for victims’ services, prevention programs and other needed community services. Preventing domestic and sexual violence while protecting victims must be a priority in our city, our state and our nation.

Emily Lemus

Executive director, My Sister’s House

Rocky Mount

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