When you were a kid, I bet you never said, “I want to grow up to fight the injustice of sexual assault.” Although you might have felt called to help people, as we often are, I’m guessing you never declared, "I am going to end rape culture!" And if you are a survivor, or someone you love is, I know you never dreamed of being forced to bear that experience. No one does. ..
Being a rape crisis advocate is not a glamorous, celebrated, or in some cases, even respected profession. It’s not something anyone chooses to do because they want to be wealthy or well-known. Advocates are rarely ever celebrated for their hard work or compassion, and rarely is the burden of injustice and countless stories of trauma they carry ever fully acknowledged. ..
The federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), proposed by then-Senator Joe Biden, passed by Congress, and signed into law by President Bill Clinton in September 1994, was the culmination of generations of grassroots and institutional advocacy to address violence against women. VAWA has been reauthorized three times – in 2000 by President Clinton, in 2006 by President George W. Bush, and in 2013 by President Barack Obama – each time expanding protections for victims and the services available to them. ..