*Leahy’s Draft VAWA Bill is a Stinker*
Sen. Patrick Leahy is currently circulating a draft of the Violence Against
Women Act. Even though SAVE representatives repeatedly met with Sen. Leahy’s
staff over the last 2 years, and even though the staffer seemed sympathetic
to our concerns, the draft VAWA totally, completely, 100% misses the mark.
These are the reasons it’s Dead on Arrival:**
- Nothing to make sure real victims get priority – see summary:
http://www.saveserv ices.org/ wp-content/ uploads/Fatally- Flawed.pdf
- Zero attention to false allegations.
- Nothing to rein in DV lies.
- Nada to address mandatory arrest.
- No attempt to make VAWA gender-neutral
Worse, the bill will take the Dept. of Education’s regulation on sexual
assault on campus and turn the “preponderance of evidence” standard into
statutory law – see page 69 of the draft bill: [insert URL of draft bill]
Folks, we need to raise a holy stink about this. *Call your Senator today at
**1-202-224- 3121, and tell him or her to refuse to co-sponsor or support the
bill.* Sen. Leahy’s bill is fatally flawed. Victims of violence deserve
Teri C. Stoddard, Program Director
Stop Abusive and Violent Environments
P.O. Box 1221
Rockville, MD 20849
SAVE is a non-partisan 501(c)3 victim-advocacy organization
working for evidence-based solutions to domestic violence.
Actually folks, call your senator at the above numbers and tell TO SUPPORT this bill. If Teri Stodfart of the FAKE DV agency which was created because a peddler of flesh was found guilty of placing a woman in harm's way does not like this bill then we should. SO CALL!!!
If she feels this is bad, then it must actually be stronger than what is already out there and victims (true victims - not those she hunts up who are removed justifiably from homes because they beat women and children) need the help.