Advocacy, VAWA

Action 1 of 10 : Save VAWA

Saturday’s Women’s March ignited a movement of activism around the globe. Thousands never before involved, found themselves united behind issues, their voices amplified. And with that amplification, comes the need to keep it going.

Take the personal politics out of Saturday and focus on what it stood for and what it can do next. Among the issues highlighted is the need to stand up for women’s issues and rights. The announcement after the inauguration, and before the march, that the 20 plus year old Violence Against Women’s Act grant and office at DOJ is at risk of being cut is one such issue worth standing up and fighting for, and making your voice heard.

The organizers of the march proposed taking 10 actions in the next 100 days on an issue we care about to keep this momentum going. Action 1 of 10 is to write a postcard to your Senators telling them what matters most to you and how you’re going to fight for it in the days, weeks, and months ahead.

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We suggest you write to your Senator and tell him or her to fight to Save VAWA. You can read yesterday’s post, and I’ll tell you about VAWA’s history and importance. Tell them that you’re concerned about proposed cuts to the Violence Against Women’s Act and then tell them why. Share with them any number of reasons why VAWA is important to you: a personal story, the fact that it saves millions of lives at risk from sexual assault and domestic violence, the impact VAWA has on protecting children from violence, or the fact that it’s been expanded to help protect victims from prison rape and even violence perpetuated by the same sex.

VAWA has become a beacon for millions of vulnerable women, children, and even men, who needed help at their darkest hour. In my 20 years of prosecuting, protecting, and advocating for victims, I have seen first hand how VAWA funds and programs have saved lives. And while these cuts are proposed not to be mean towards women, but to trim the federal budget, consider the cost of domestic violence and sexual assault on society – domestic violence alone is estimated to cost you the America taxpayer $8.3 billion a year.

So take action. Be A Hero. Fill out your postcard and send it in. And if you want to keep the movement going, post a picture of you or your card and include the #SaveVAWA and even #BeAHero so we can see we did!

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Raise Your Voice for BCAC

Raise your voice for Baltimore Child Abuse Center (BCAC) and Children’s Advocacy Centers nationwide.

Funding for the Victims of Child Abuse Act is at risk.

The Federal budget deal that was just approved took $1.5 billion from the Crime Victims Fund/VOCA, which in turn, could impact the funding for the Victims of Child Abuse Act. CVF/VOCA funds are sustained by fines and fees levied against Federal criminal offenders, not your tax dollars, and 800 Child Advocacy Centers nationwide, including BCAC, rely on $20 million in funding for the Victims of Child Abuse Act to provide critical intervention services to children.

TELL THE HOUSE AND SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEES TO FULLY FUND THE VICTIMS OF CHILD ABUSE ACT.

BCAC was able to help over 1,000 child victims of abuse, trauma, and Adverse Childhood Experiences last fiscal year alone thanks to crucial funding from the Victims of Child Abuse Act. Without this funding, we are unsure if we will be able to provide the same level of care and services to any child in Baltimore who may need our help.

Be a voice for children by contacting your U.S. Senators and Representatives. Let them know that children deserve the child-friendly, trauma-focused approach to abuse and trauma that only BCAC provides to children in Baltimore.

ADD YOUR NAME TO THIS PETITION TO LET MEMBERS OF CONGRESS KNOW THAT OUR CHILDREN NEED FULL FUNDING OF $20 MILLION FOR THE VICTIMS OF CHILD ABUSE ACT SO THAT WE CAN PROVIDE CRITICAL CRISIS INTERVENTION SERVICES FOR BALTIMORE’S CHILDREN.  

Raise your voice for BCAC

Alternatively, please call your Maryland Representatives who sit on the House Appropriations Committee:

Congressman, Andy Harris at 202-225-5311;

Congressman, C.A. Dutch Rupersberger at 202-225-3061; and

Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Barbara Mikulski, who is also ranking member of the Commerce, Justice, and Science Committee at 202-224-4524.

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