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Plea from NCVC on VAWA

Per an announcement from the NCVC: "Late yesterday, by a vote of 415 to 4, the House of Representatives passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The National Center for Victims of Crime and our allies have learned that unless the Senate passes VAWA immediately, the bill will be held over until next year. Today may be our last chance to get a vote this year. Please call your Senators as soon as possible. Urge them to pass the Violence Against Women Act. Remind them how important this funding is to programs in your state that work to end violence against women and help victims recover from sexual assault, stalking, and dating and domestic violence."

One in six women will be raped in her lifetime.

Tragically, many of these crimes go unpunished. There are literally hundreds of thousands of unprocessed DNA evidence packages, or "Rape Kits" sitting on shelves in police stations all across our Nation. Each one of these kits represents a violent offender that may be roaming free on our streets today, many of which are repeat offenders. With a cost of more than $500 to test one kit, a lack of funding is the primary reason for the backlog.

The National Rape Evidence Project (NREP) is a national campaign seeking to support expedited DNA testing for as many of the rape evidence collection kits currently stored in police departments across the US as possible as well as increase public awareness of the number of backlogged kits and the need for systematic change in order to prevent the backlog from recurring. Visit NRED's website for more information or to make a donation.

VAWA heads to the Senate Floor

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Violence Against Women Act of 2005 (VAWA 2005) by a voice vote. It now will go to the Senate floor and will be considered by the full House within the next couple of weeks. If you haven't called your Senator or Representative, please do so immediately. All you have to do is click on the VAWA title above and fill out an email form. It automatically sends to your Sen/Rep. Time is of the essence. VAWA must be reauthorized this year for its victims services and other life-saving programs to continue for the next five years.