By Frederick Sparks
Speaking on the floor of the U.S. House in favor of reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, Wisconsin Representative Gwen Moore recounted painful memories of sexual assault both as a child and as an adult. “Domestic violence has been a thread throughout my personal life, up to and including being a child repeatedly sexually assaulted, up to and including, being an adult who’s been raped,” Moore said. Opposition to the bill this year has “really brought up some terrible memories for me.” Watch here.
Renewal has been stalled due to some Republican objections to what they consinder odious expansions of the bill’s scope, such as outreach to American Indians, assistance for undocumented immigrants dealing with domestic violence, and inclusion of those involved in same-sex domestic violence under the bill’s purview.