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Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Ms. FRANKEL of Florida. I rise in opposition to the

House substitute amendment to S. 47, and I urge the support of the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act sent over by the Senate.

I do so on behalf of women like Olga, who, on her wedding day, thought she had entered a dream marriage for herself and her two small children from a previous relationship. The marriage turned into a nightmare when her husband became insulting, aggressive, controlling--like a stranger--imprisoning Olga and her children in their own home and not even allowing the children to go to school. Olga fled to south Florida, and was nurtured back to emotional and financial health by an organization in my home area called Women in Distress.

The Senate's reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act will save even more lives across America, lives like Olga's and like those of all women who have been abused by their spouses or partners.

So, today, colleagues, let's stand up for our mothers, our sisters, and our daughters. Let's pass the bipartisan Senate bill.


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