Editorial: Reauthorize Violence Against Women Act

"Congress has a lot of high-profile business on table in the next three months, from Supreme Court nominees to Hurricane Katrina relief, to estate-tax repeal.

An issue that should share high priority, if not a high level of public attention, is reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, a 10-year-old law that is set to expire at the end of the month.

Legislation renewing the law is especially important among Native Americans.

Why? Because Indian women are twice as likely to be raped as women nationwide � one in three will become a victim of rape at the present rate, and that's just based on reported cases.

That's a shocking statistic, and it needs to be battled on every front possible."

Get the Story:
Editorial: Renewing act a priority for Indian Country (The Great Falls Tribune 9/11)

Get the Bill:
S.1197: Violence Against Women Act of 2005

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