Rep. Gwen Moore speaks out against the House’s weak VAWA bill

We’re all pretty pissed about the incredibly watered-down Violence Against Women Act reauthorization bill the House passed on Wednesday. But perhaps no one is more outraged than Rep. Gwen Moore–and with good reason. The legislator from Wisconsin shared her personal history with sexual violence during House debate on the bill earlier this year. And yesterday she spoke out again–denouncing the House bill as a victim of rape and a woman of color.

One experience that I had, that occurred to me, that I thought of this morning, was a time that I took a ride with a guy that I thought was a friend to go to get some fried chicken. And he decided to take a detour behind some buildings to rape me and choke me almost to death. I was sort of seeing that little light that you often hear about. As woman of color, I am particularly aggrieved that this bill ignores the special circumstances of women who are minorities. Women who are in the shadows. Stop playing games with the lives of women! This is yet another–they don’t want to hear us talk about it being a war on women, but this is a direct assault on women’s lives. Three women a day die from victimization. And i would implore my colleagues to stop playing games.

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Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. Maya has previously worked at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health and was a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she currently lives, writes, edits, and bakes bread in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/smash/ smash

    This War Against Women is exceptionally frightening. For a while I couldn’t believe it was happening, but now I’m less than surprised at each new assault: http://radicalhub.com/2012/05/18/religious-freedom-is-code-for-the-sanctioned-removal-of-womens-rights/.

  • http://feministing.com/members/cassius/ Brüno

    There is no war on women. Access to abortion will be switched on and off depending on if an increase or decrease in birth rates is desired. It was never meant to be any other way.