Congresswoman Gwen Moore Speaks Out Against Watered Down VAWA as Rape Victim, Woman of Color
Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-Wisconsin) railed against the Republican-led House version of the watered down Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) as an affront to herself as a woman of color and victim of rape during a press conference this week. View the Rachel Maddow Show video posted on Jezebel.
"One experience that I had...I took a ride with a guy that I thought was a friend...to get some fried chicken. And he decided to take a detour behind some buildings to rape me and choke me almost to death. I was sort of seeing that little light that you often hear about. [...] As woman of color, I am particularly aggrieved that this bill ignores the special circumstances of women who are minorities. Women who are in the shadows," Rep. Moore said.
On May 16, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a reauthorization of the VAWA, void of provisions included in the Senate version of the bill that protected Native American, undocumented immigrant and LGBT women, Indian Country Today Media Network reported in the article VAWA Passes House Sans Tribal Court Provisions.
"Stop playing games with the lives of women!" Rep. Moore demanded. "...Three women a day die from victimization. And I will implore my colleagues to stop playing games."
Previously, on March 28 at a House meeting addressing the 2013 federal budget, Moore shared her personal story of repeatedly suffering sexual assault as a child and being raped as a young woman.
"It is disappointing that it's come to this—that we have to use procedural shennanigans to talk about an initiative that has been a bi-partisan initiative since 1994," she said.