VAWA Rally Seeks to Squelch Balanced Media Coverage

Stop Abusive and Violent Environments

June 26, 2012

The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence held a rally today to push for quick approval of the Violence Against Women Act. The rally, attended by about 200 persons, was held on the grounds of the Capitol Building in Washington, DC. Speakers at the partisan event included Democratic senators Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Daniel Akaka of Hawaii, Patty Murray of Washington, and others.

Also attending the rally were representatives of Stop Abusive and Violent Environments. The SAVE members were approached by media representatives requesting an interview regarding the VAWA reauthorization. The SAVE representative explained that SAVE supports the reauthorization of VAWA, but the bill needs to be rooted in science, not ideology.

Following an on-camera interview, a rally organizer approached the SAVE staffer, saying he was not authorized to be interviewed by the media. “Our permit only allows persons who support Sen. Leahy’s VAWA bill to speak to the media,” the woman claimed.

The SAVE representative responded that he had never seen a government permit that forbade persons to exercise their First Amendment rights in contacts with members of the media. The rally organizer said she would contact local police to enforce her request.

No police were observed during the course of the rally.