The House passed the Republican version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) on Wednesday, and Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) is not happy that the bill does not include protections for LGBT, Native American and undocumented immigrant women.
The traditionally bi-partisan bill was passed along party lines last week with a vote of 222 to 205.
“We must protect all women with this legislation, Moore said in a recent press statement released by her office.
Moore called the Republican version of VAWA a fake.
“The Republican bill sends a powerful message to these groups of women: that they are not the real victims of domestic violence. Yet I guarantee that all women feel the force of a fist.”
Moore has previously shared her personal story of being sexually assaulted as a child and raped as a young woman, and during a press conference this week she told reporters that her past makes the stripped-down bill particularly upsetting.
“One experience that I had, that occurred to me, that I thought of this morning, was a time that I took a ride with a guy that I thought was a friend to get some fried chicken,” she said. “And he decided to take a detour behind some buildings to rape me and choke me almost to death.”
“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,” Moore added.
Just after the bill passed, Vice President Joe Biden released a statement urging Congress to pass a more inclusive measure.
“The House has passed a version of the Violence Against Women Act that will roll back critical provisions to help victims of abuse,” he said.
“I urge Congress to come together to pass a bipartisan measure that protects all victims. VAWA has been improved each time it’s been reauthorized, and this time should be no different.”