Statement by DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz on the eighteenth anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act:
“Eighteen years ago today, the Violence Against Women Act – landmark legislation written by Vice President Biden, a U.S. Senator at that time – was signed into law. As a result of VAWA, so many women across the country who have been victims of violence are alive today, and this critical law is still helping to save lives and decrease the annual rates of domestic violence by 60 percent.
“When the Violence Against Women Act first became law, it received overwhelming bipartisan support – and understandably so. Yet this past summer, when Democrats acted to strengthen VAWA, Republicans in the House attempted to weaken it, and Mitt Romney has refused to say whether he supports its full reauthorization. To this day, Congressional Republicans still refuse to take action, and the reauthorization of this incredibly important law remains stagnant. But despite the GOP’s senseless opposition, we are proud to say that President Obama, Vice President Biden and Democrats believe in the full reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and are working day in and day out to prevent violence against all Americans – whether you are a man or a woman.
“Sadly, we know our struggle is far from over; far too many women in this country still face the violent reality of rape, and far too many die every day because of violence in their communities and their own homes. We can and must do more. That is why it’s time for Republicans in Congress to come to the table and demonstrate the leadership required to deliver the crucial protections and justice system that our sisters, friends, mothers, wives and daughters deserve.”