Today, Congresswoman Betty Sutton (OH-13) released the following statement calling on Congress to pass H.R. 4271, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2012:
"For nearly two decades the Violence Against Women Act has given women the peace of mind of knowing that there are laws in place that ensure their safety and security; we must work to reauthorize this law and do so immediately.
This is a law that works, not only for women who have fallen victim to violence, but for every American who strives to live in a more just, safer world. For all of our differences, we should come together and show the next generation of Americans that we will always agree that violence against women is wrong, and we should support every effort to fight it."
A lifelong leader on women's rights and trailblazer on domestic abuse issues, Congresswoman Sutton first introduced legislation strengthening domestic violence laws in 1993 as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives and has been a strong supporter in strengthening and extending the Violence Against Women Act in Congress.