Your State Might Make You Pay for Your Rape Kit

A recent study reveals that hospitals around the country interpret a rule set down by the Violence Against Women Act – that rape victims should not have to pay to be examined at the hospital after being sexually assaulted – very differently. » 6/03/14 12:20pm 6/03/14 12:20pm

Horrid Congressman Threatens Tribal Council With Violence at Hearing…

If you're at all like North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer, you'll know that the best way to comport yourself in a hearing at which a deeply disenfranchised population is attempting to redress the systematic injustices it has endured for centuries — with a focus on the disproportionate rate of murder and sexual… » 3/29/13 12:40pm 3/29/13 12:40pm

Sneaky VAWA-Opposing Republicans Are Now Pretending They Care About…

Remember when a whopping 130 House Republicans voted against the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization bill last month? Some of them are banking on your amnesia. » 3/08/13 11:00am 3/08/13 11:00am

Congress Reauthorizes the Violence Against Women Act

The House voted Thursday to accept the bipartisan Violence Against Women Senate bill, 286-138. Eighty-seven Republicans and 199 Democrats to support the bill; no Democrats opposed it. » 2/28/13 2:10pm 2/28/13 2:10pm

House Will Likely Pass the Violence Against Women Act Tomorrow

Finally: House Republican leaders are ready to let their VAWA bill go to make way for the Senate's legislation, which includes protections for LGBT, Native American and immigrant survivors of domestic violence. From the Huffington Post: » 2/27/13 2:05pm 2/27/13 2:05pm

Shit Politicians Say About the Violence Against Women Act

The Violence Against Women Act reauthorization passed the Senate and is now waiting for its fate from the House, where conservatives will surely come up with a variety of creative ways to explain why they object to protections against Native American, LGBT, and undocumented victims of domestic violence. » 2/21/13 5:20pm 2/21/13 5:20pm

Senate Passes Violence Against Women Act Despite Best Efforts of…

The Senate passed the Violence Against Women Act this afternoon, by a vote of 78 to 22. Every female senator voted in favor of the act (phew) and, naturally, those dissenting 22 were all Republican men, including rising GOP star Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who apparently decided it would be more helpful to his career if… » 2/12/13 3:30pm 2/12/13 3:30pm

VAWA Must Pass to Protect All Women, Regardless of Race

I am a Dakota and Lakota Sioux Native American woman who was born and raised on the reservation. As a girl I was raped; yet I overcame seemingly insurmountable odds to become an attorney and later, a tribal judge. For all of these reasons, I am acutely aware of the severity and urgency surrounding the problem of… » 2/08/13 1:00pm 2/08/13 1:00pm

Here Are the Senators Who Oppose the Violence Against Women Act

Are you for or against violent crimes against women? Ask these 8 male senators who voted yesterday not to consider the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. » 2/05/13 3:30pm 2/05/13 3:30pm

Ted Cruz (R-TX): Yell at him . Mike Lee (R-UT) Yell at here. James Risch (R-ID) Yell at here. Tim Scott (R-SC) Yell at here. Pat…

Violence Against Women Act Reintroduced, Can it Pass the Infamously…

You, a sane person, might think the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act — something that's a proven saver of lives — would be an easy, bipartisan pass in Congress. Well, the two other times the 1994 legislation came up for reauthorization, it was. However, during the 2012 reauthorization, which slid… » 1/23/13 9:15pm 1/23/13 9:15pm

Say Goodbye to the Violence Against Women Act

You'd think the Violence Against Women Act was a nonpartisan no-brainer: can't we all agree that the federal government should work to investigate and prosecute the perpetrators of violent crimes against women? » 1/02/13 3:55pm 1/02/13 3:55pm

Can We Count On House Republican Women to Help Pass the Violence…

In case you needed another reason to feel disillusioned today, we live in a country where politicians are having a hard time passing the Violence Against Women Act because, this year, it strives to protect too many vulnerable women. Ah, America. » 12/19/12 1:20pm 12/19/12 1:20pm

The War on Women by the Ridiculous Numbers

Over the last year and a half or so, conservative lawmakers have been feverishly at work enacting laws designed to shove the whole government into your vagina, since it's for damn sure not going to be looking over your boss's shoulder to make sure he's not screwing you over. Here's a run-down of the War on Women, in… » 6/06/12 3:50pm 6/06/12 3:50pm

Rapes on Indian Reservations Reach Epidemic Proportions

It's not hard to come up with a pretty long list of the ways in which Native Americans have been mistreated and abused by this country's government, but in addition to all of the horrors they've endured throughout history, there's now a very modern problem facing people living on reservations: they experience… » 5/24/12 10:25am 5/24/12 10:25am

Congresswoman Who Was Raped Understandably Pissed at Passage of…

Congresswoman Gwen Moore, a Democrat from Wisconsin, told reporters that the watered down House Republican version of the Violence Against Women Act was insulting to her as a woman of color, and as a rape victim. The House's version of the bill stripped away provisions from the Senate version of the bill that would… » 5/17/12 6:30pm 5/17/12 6:30pm

Why a Wife Beater, Mail Order Bride Service, and Men's Rights Group…

The House of Representatives is debating a stripped down version of the Violence Against Women Act introduced by a cabal of Republicans who thought that the Democrats' proposed inclusion of undocumented, Native, and lesbian women went too far and "watered down" the definition of violence. The Violence Against Some… » 5/16/12 4:40pm 5/16/12 4:40pm

Sen. Al Franken Cries While Discussing Violence Against Women Act

Here's Minnesota Senator Al Franken breaking down into tears during the Violence Against Women Act debate today. On the Republican side of the legislative branch, John Boehner's usually prolific tear ducts have remained tellingly silent. » 4/26/12 4:10pm 4/26/12 4:10pm

New Version of Violence Against Women Act Shows GOP Only Hates the Most…

Faced with accusations that their opposition to renewal of the Violence Against Women Act is a sign that they've taken a very unpopular "pro-woman beating" stance, Congressional Republicans are hurriedly drafting their own version of the bill to prove that they don't hate all women. Their version will be sort of like… » 4/25/12 9:00pm 4/25/12 9:00pm