Ashley Greene is asking each of you to join her in supporting Congress’ reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Today, Ashley was featured in Glamour supporting domestic violence and dating abuse organizations. The article even featured a picture of her with our Youth Advisory Board members!
As a brand ambassador for Avon’s mark brand’s m.powerment campaign, Ashley has spoken out against dating abuse all across the nation. To those working to end violence, VAWA is key. Since it was signed into effect in 1994, domestic violence related deaths in women have decreased by 34 percent and by 57 percent for men. Also, the number of people who report domestic violence incidents has increased by 51 percent.
“I was just seven years old when the first Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) passed. So growing up, I only knew a government that took domestic violence and sexual assault seriously,” said Ashley in the article published in Glamour magazine.
It is very important that the version of VAWA that gets approved supports young adults. Young people have the highest rate of intimate partner violence, but they weren’t protected under VAWA until its reauthorization in 2000. In 2005, VAWA was reauthorized again, this time including four specific programs to address dating abuse. We need this protection for our callers, chatters and texters.
Right now VAWA is up for reauthorization again, but things are at a stand-still. The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate have both passed versions of VAWA, but they are very different.
We are asking you to join us and Ashley Green in support of the bi-partisan Senate bill to reauthorize VAWA.
Today, November 14, 2012, is the VAWA National Day of Action. Here are a few ways that you can join us and Ashley in this movement:
- Find out who represents you in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate by visiting www.house.gov or www.senate.gov
- Call your representatives and ask them to support VAWA
- Tweet at your representative using the hash tag #PassVAWA2012
- Post a Facebook status about VAWA and why you support its reauthorization
- Take a picture of you and your friends holding a sign that says why you support VAWA and submit it to the #PassVAWA2012 Facebook page
Thank you for your help in this. We would love to hear about how you are encouraging your representatives to support VAWA, so don’t forget to share your efforts with us.