The Violence Against Women Act is Set To Expire on Sept. 30, But John Culberson Won’t Act

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September 27, 2018

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The Violence Against Women Act is Set To Expire on Sept. 30, But John Culberson Won’t Act

Fletcher: “Culberson Must Show He Stands With Texas Women”

Houston, Texas - Lizzie Fletcher today called on Congressman John Culberson to reverse his long history of jeopardizing the safety and security of women by signing onto the long-term reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) sponsored by Houston Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.

Originally passed in 1994, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a landmark piece of legislation that helps survivors of domestic and sexual assault violence. It is set to expire on September 30.

“John Culberson has failed to stand with the women of Texas in addressing the epidemic of violence against women,” Fletcher said. “He has the opportunity to stand with us now, and I hope he takes it. Because of this critical legislation, survivors of domestic and sexual violence have been able to access essential resources to rebuild their lives. We need to work together to address this violence; but John Culberson’s record is one of inaction at best.”

During his nine terms in Congress, John Culberson has:

Voted against the reauthorization of VAWA, even voting down the House GOP’s version of the bill in 2013.

  • Voted for a party-line version of the VAWA Reauthorization that excluded protections for LGBT and undocumented immigrant victims in 2012.
  • Voted against $3 million in assistance for survivors of sexual assault, violence against women and missing and exploited children.
  • Failed to sign a September 7, 2018 letter with 46 other Republicans demanding that House leadership reauthorize the program before it expires.
  • Voted 16 times to defund or attack Planned Parenthood.

Houston Mayor Pro Tem Ellen Cohen, former Executive Director of the Houston Area Women’s Center and appointee to the National Violence Against Women Advisory Council, echoed Fletcher’s concerns:

“I know the impact domestic and sexual violence has in our community, and the courage survivors find when they get the resources they need,” Cohen said. “VAWA has been a critical resource in Houston, addressing this epidemic since its inception nearly twenty years ago. We need Congress to act now and pass a long-term reauthorization to eradicate violence from our communities.”

The legislation gives critical resources to address a range of needs—from the City of Houston’s backlog of more than 6,000 untested rape kits to local domestic violence agencies whose services include shelters for survivors, counseling and advocacy, violence prevention, and community outreach.

Lizzie is the Democratic nominee in Texas’ 7th Congressional District, a district that Hillary Clinton carried in the 2016 election. CNN, Sabato’s Crystal Ball, and Daily Kos have all listed Texas’ 7th Congressional District as a key “toss-up” race in their 2018 election rankings. Lizzie is the first woman partner at AZA, a Houston law firm, where she has represented businesses and Houstonians from all walks of life, helping them find solutions to complex problems. She has been recognized by her peers as one of the ‘Best Lawyers in America’ in U.S. News and World Report. She co-founded Planned Parenthood Young Leaders, and currently serves on the boards of directors for Writers in the Schools (WITS) and Open Dance Project.

Lizzie is the Democratic nominee in Texas’ 7th Congressional District, a district that Hillary Clinton carried in the 2016 election. CNN, Sabato’s Crystal Ball, and Daily Kos have all listed Texas’ 7th Congressional District as a key “toss-up” race in their 2018 election rankings. Lizzie is the first woman partner at AZA, a Houston law firm, where she has represented businesses and Houstonians from all walks of life, helping them find solutions to complex problems. She has been recognized by her peers as one of the ‘Best Lawyers in America’ in U.S. News and World Report. She co-founded Planned Parenthood Young Leaders, and currently serves on the boards of directors for Writers in the Schools (WITS) and Open Dance Project.

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