Do you think American Indian women should be protected from Domestic violence? Conservative members of Congress don't think so. Here is what a spokeswoman from the National Network to End Domestic Violence says, as they advocate for an expanded domestic violence act:
“On reservations and tribal lands, it’s open season on women,”
Likewise the renewal of the Violence Against Women act was to include expanded provisions to protect illegal immigrant women. They were to have the same access to protections already included in the first 1994 Violence Against Women's Act:
It mandates that victims do not have to pay the costs of a rape exam or the serving of a protection order. It requires that a victim's protection order be recognized and enforced in all state, tribal and territorial jurisdictions within the United States, and helps pay for specialized training of law enforcement officers, prosecutors and judges about domestic violence every year.
Cheryl Branch, Director of Savannah's Safe Shelter, says:
"Why wouldn't you as a politician, as a citizen, want to see every perpetrator with the full force of every law behind it, be prosecuted and held accountable?
The vote to take up renewal of the act passed 85 to 8 Monday night. All 8 who voted against were Republicans, including Senator Marco Rubio of Florida.
Previously in 2000 and 2005, the VAWA had been renewed without this senseless Republican obstruction.