January 10, 2013
THE VICIOUS attacks on two women in India and Pakistan are grim reminders that violence against women is still common currency in much of the world. In Delhi, the barbaric rape committed by six men on a bus against a 23-year-old woman was so brutal that she was nearly eviscerated and later died of internal injuries. In Pakistan, a 15-year-old schoolgirl who advocated for the education of women was shot in the head and neck by the Taliban. She survived and is facing a long, anguished recovery.
April 22, 2012 |
Headlines like "Stabbing victim feared estranged husband would kill her" and "Two plead guilty to raping 12-year-old girl" are haunting reminders of the violence and sexual abuse that occur far too often. According to a 2010 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, more than 1.9 million women in Pennsylvania have been victims of sexual assault, physical violence, or stalking. Domestic violence and sexual assault leave scars beyond the physical damage. The emotional wounds cut far deeper than the injuries we can see. Victims are often left to heal, physically and emotionally, on their own. As current and former prosecutors, we know from firsthand experience that Southeastern Pennsylvania has some of the best victim services organizations and advocates to help women and children through the healing process.
March 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The House on Thursday passed and sent to President Obama a far-reaching extension of the Violence Against Women Act. The vote came after House Republican leaders, cognizant of divisions in their own ranks and the need to improve their faltering image among women voters, accepted a bill that cleared the Senate two weeks ago on a strong bipartisan vote. The bill would renew a 1994 law that has set the standard for how to protect women, and some men, from domestic abuse and prosecute abusers.
May 25, 2012
When we think of the women that Republicans in Congress want to exclude from some protections in the Violence Against Women Act — undocumented immigrants, Native Americans, lesbians abused by female partners — we can't help but think of a speech attributed to the Civil War-era abolitionist Sojourner Truth in 1851: "And ain't I a woman?" To paraphrase another eloquent author, if undocumented immigrant women are beaten, do they not bruise? If Native American women are sexually assaulted by non-Native men, are they not traumatized?
February 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats, bolstered by Republican support, on Monday launched a new attempt to broaden a law protecting women from domestic abuse by expanding its provisions to cover gays, lesbians, and American Indians. The legislation to renew the Violence Against Women Act appeared on a smooth path toward passage in the Senate, possibly by the end of this week. Monday's vote to make the bill the next order of business was 85-8. Senate passage would send the bill to the House.
July 31, 2015 |
AN UNSUSPECTING local resident got the surprise of his life Tuesday night when he opened his front door to live TV cameras and a gorgeous woman with a microphone handing him a five-figure check. The new Ryan Seacrest-produced TV show on Fox 29, "Knock Knock: Live," traveled to Rashaun Williams' house and one other in Fairmount. Tyler Posey , from MTV's "Teen Wolf," gave Williams a check for $25,000 from Ace Hardware to go toward whatever he wants, as well as an additional $25,000 in Ace store credit to go toward home improvements.
September 28, 2000
Congress is in an eleventh-hour rush to do right by women victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. A strong federal role has garnered powerful support on the Hill, but until this week, intramural bickering had blocked decisive action. On Tuesday, the U.S. House overwhelmingly passed a $3.8 billion, five-year commitment to battle violence against women and to provide services to victims. Now the Senate must pass its version, and the two chambers need to reconcile them quickly to keep Washington's leadership on this vital issue from withering.
August 17, 1996 |
The small gray pendant hanging from Jeanne Mahoney's neck is more than a good-luck charm. "This is my peace of mind," said Mahoney, 51, a mother of six. "I'm counting on it to save my life some day. " The pendant links Mahoney to a home security company. If her ex-husband shows up at her home, she can use it to summon help at the push of a button. The small electronic transmitter, provided by the Abused Women's Active Response Emergency program for battered women, is one piece in a patchwork quilt of assistance - including shelters, protective orders and anti-stalking laws - available to women who fear abuse.
February 13, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - By a robust bipartisan majority, the Senate voted Tuesday to renew the Violence Against Women Act with new assurances that gays and lesbians, immigrants, and Native Americans will have equal access to the act's anti-domestic-violence programs. The 78-22 Senate vote to reauthorize the two-decade-old act that has shielded millions of women from abuse and helped reduce national rates of domestic violence turns the focus to the House, where Republican leaders are working to come up with their own version.
August 18, 1994 |
Four years ago, Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., introduced the Violence Against Women Act, which supporters believe will combat crimes committed primarily against women. It was part of President Clinton's recently derailed crime bill. VAWA's most heralded provision is Title III, which creates a civil-rights cause of action for victims of gender-motivated crimes. Title III declares that such crimes "constitute bias crimes in violation of the victim's rights to be free from gender-based discrimination.