Sen. Patrick Leahy is currently circulating a draft of the Violence Against Women Act: click here. Even though SAVE representatives met with Sen. Leahy's staff over the last 2 years, the draft VAWA totally, completely, 100% misses the mark. These are the reasons why the draft bill is Dead on Arrival:
•Nothing to make sure real victims get priority - see summary: click here
•Zero attention to false allegations.
•Nothing to rein in DV lies.
•Nada to address mandatory arrest.
•No attempt to make VAWA gender-neutral
Worse, the bill will take the Dept. of Education's directive on sexual assault on campus and turn the "preponderance of evidence" standard into statutory law,
We need to raise a big stink about this. Call your Senators today at 1-202-224-3121, and tell them to refuse to co-sponsor the bill. Sen. Leahy's bill is fatally flawed.
Teri Stoddard, Program Director
Stop Abusive and Violent Environments
Or you can email them. (see men's resources) Either way let them know Leahy's bill is unacceptable.