Letters and comments for February 3, 2012

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Letters and comments for February 3, 2012

End domestic violence

To the Editor:

Domestic violence is pervasive and must end. In fact, violence against women and children affects everyone in Union County in some way.

In 1994, the Violence Against Women Act was a giant step forward for our nation. Its passage meant that our federal government finally acknowledged that domestic and sexual violence cause tremendous harm, and put resources into helping victims. Millions of families are better off as a result.

The time has come to again reauthorize this critical legislation. Evidence shows that the act is working.

Over the last 15 years, domestic and sexual violence have declined. But there is more work to do. On average, each day current and former boyfriends and husbands murder three women in America and several hundred people are raped or sexually assaulted. Countless children witness this violence. The Violence Against Women Act of 2011 will build on efforts to prevent violence before it begins and teach the next generation that violence is always wrong.

We need more resources for children and youth who have been exposed to violence, and to engage men as allies in this work. Congress must reauthorize this legislation and invest more in building healthy communities.

Teresa Crouser

executive director,

Shelter from the Storm