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How VAWA Takes on the Systems That Perpetuate Domestic and Sexual Violence

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How VAWA Takes on the Systems That Perpetuate Domestic and Sexual Violence

Sandra Park

Today the House of Representatives passed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 (H.R. 1585). This VAWA bill authorizes programs and funding that support survivors of gender-based violence. But it also does more: It tackles some of the laws and institutions that perpetuate domestic violence and sexual assault across the country. Dismantling these structural causes of gender-based violence is essential to ensuring the security and dignity of survivors, their families, and communities.

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The NRA is all bent out of shape about one provision that prevents people with convictions for stalking, threatening, or assaulting their significant other even if they aren’t married or living together from owning a gun. The NRA’s claim is that the law will prevent the woman from getting a gun to defend herself.

This is a really stupid argument for two reasons. The first one is that it forbids the aggressor, not the victim, from obtaining a weapon so it is actually more protective than present laws. The second is that if the woman gets a gun, it is just as likely that the perpetrator will get to it first and use it on her.

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