Gossamerheart.com, ‘You Don’t Have To Live Like A Refugee’

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The Past Is Over.

You Don’t Have To Live Like A Refugee

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In honor of all the Women of our World, and Celebrating the positive global changes that are happening in the women’s/human rights movement, Roxanne Williams, The Dragonfly Whispererer, has once again created a wonderful message using VIDEO.

The women of this planet are all one, saying NO MORE VIOLENCE.

The Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA) is a United States federal law (Title IV, sec. 40001-40703 of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, H.R. 3355) signed as Pub.L. 103–322 by President Bill Clinton on September 13, 1994. The Act provides $1.6 billion toward investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women, imposes automatic and mandatory restitution on those convicted, and allows civil redress in cases prosecutors chose to leave un-prosecuted. The Act also establishes the Office on Violence Against Women within the Department of Justice. Male victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking may also be covered.

VAWA was drafted by the office of Senator Joe Biden (D-DE), with support from a broad coalition of advocacy groups. The Act passed through Congress with bipartisan support in 1994, clearing the House by a vote of 235–195 and the Senate by a vote of 61–38, although the following year House Republicans attempted to cut the Act’s funding.

In the 2000 Supreme Court case United States v. Morrison, a sharply divided Court struck down the VAWA provision allowing women the right to sue their attackers in federal court. By a 5–4 majority, the Court overturned the provision as an intrusion on states’ rights.

VAWA was reauthorized by Congress in 2000, and again in December 2005. The Act’s 2012 renewal was opposed by conservative Republicans, who objected to extending the Act’s protections to same-sex couples and to provisions allowing battered illegal aliens to claim temporary visas.

In April 2012, the Senate voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, and the House subsequently passed its own measure (omitting provisions of the Senate bill that would protect gay men, lesbians, American Indians living in reservations, and illegal aliens who were victims of domestic violence). Reconciliation of the two bills has been stymied by procedural measures, leaving the reauthorization in question.

On January 2, 2013, the Senate’s 2012 re-authorization of VAWA was not brought up for a vote in the House. While the bill was not reauthorized, its provisions (as enacted in the 2005 re-authorization) remain in effect.[why?]

On February 12, 2013, the Senate passed an extension of the Violence Against Women Act by a vote of 78-22. On February 28, 2013, the House of Representatives passed the extension by a vote of 286-138, with unanimous Democratic support and 87 Republicans voting in the affirmative.

This video was created by http://www.gossamerheart.com/ for those of us who have survived abuse, sexual assault, and domestic violence. Using the song “Refugee” by Melissa Etheridge, this video is meant to bring about healing and incite re-empowerment to those who are finding their way back to self love. I am living proof that one can move from victim to survivor and from survivor to “thriver.” It is my wish that this video sights you to move forward and to overcome.

This video would not be possible without the benevolent and consistent support of A Celebration of Women™, a non-profit organization that is metamorphosing the world by creating a ripple effect of positive change. I’m grateful for their support and and ask that you please visit them at https://acelebrationofwomen.org/.

This video is for NON-PROFIT — USE and Entertainment use ONLY.

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Aimed to create a “pay-it-forward” ripple of positive action, our sister charitable organization, registered here in Canada to work globally, A Celebration of Women™ Foundation Inc., was born to shape a better world through building residential homes that are mandated to enable the education of young women, support self sustainable programs, graduating future women leaders.
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