Dear Friends,

U.S. News & World Report has taken note of the controversy around the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act – VAWA – (s.1925), making it the focus of Debate Club. Debate Club brings in the best arguments and lets readers decide which is the most persuasive. They ask:  Should the Violence Against Women Act Be Reauthorized?

As of this writing, the entry in first place is: “NO: Violence Against Women Act Is a Totalitarian Violation of Democracyby Laura Wood. In second place is “NO: The Violence Against Women Act Should Outrage Decent People” by Janice Shaw Crouse. Following that are a few entries supporting the reauthorization.

You could read these two thoughtful articles explaining why Senator Leahy’s VAWA misses the mark, or you could read all of the entries, pro and against VAWA. We encourage that.

But we also understand how valuable your time is. So if you only have a moment and you want to make a difference, I’ll explain how you can do that.

Go to the debate here: Scroll down until you see these two ‘NO’ opinions:

VAWA debate

Click on the UP buttons next to Laura’s and Janice’s entries. That’s it!

If you have another moment, you could click the down buttons next to all of the ‘yes’ entries.

Thank you for your continued dedication, and for your patience. I believe we are starting to see the results of our slow and steady efforts. Isn’t it just wonderful?



Teri Stoddard, Program Director
Stop Abusive and Violent Environments

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