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Violence against women emerges as winning campaign issue

Shakes Sis has a great post up on the Lifetime Networks’ Women’s Pulse Poll, part of its “Stop Violence Against Women” Campaign. The Roper Poll was done to highlight National Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Violence Against Women Is Seen as Key Election Issue: Nearly all women (97 percent) feel that the issue of domestic violence and sexual assault against women and girls is important and will impact who they vote for in the 2006 mid-term elections.

Violence Against Women of Equal or Greater Importance to Voters than Expected Top Issues Like Homeland Security, Jobs and the Economy, the War in Iraq and the Environment: Nearly eight out of ten (77 percent) women and men said that preventing violence against women was of paramount importance to them as an election issue – more so than or on par with issues that receive much greater attention such as jobs and the economy (79 percent), health care (79 percent), education (80 percent), homeland security (68 percent), the war in Iraq (65 percent) and the environment (63 percent).

This is a no-brainer for Dems to get behind for many reasons — and for the spineless ones out there, there’s no downside, as Shakes Sis notes:

Violence against women is one of those issues to which there’s no drawback in supporting it passionately. It’s not controversial to champion protecting women from violence and sexual assault, by which they are disproportionately victimized. And, clearly, it’s an issue of concern to lots of voters. Sometimes issues like this aren’t given lots of attention, because they’re not controversial-Duh, nobody’s for violence against women, so what’s the point of making a big point of saying how you’re against it?

That said, the White House and Rethugs have managed to find a way to do just that, by not adequately funding programs in the expanded Violence Against Women Act in the budget proposal.

VAWA wasn’t passed until late last year – after Dear Leader had drafted his budget request. That meant no funding proposed for the new VAWA programs. Bush’s budget requests $546 million in funding for continuing and new programs – just over half of what he could have requested, according to StopFamilyViolence.org. It’s the fifth year in a row that Bush has not requested full funding for VAWA programs in his budget proposal.

W is for women all right.

Via StopFamilyViolence.org, here are some of the new VAWA programs that have not received any funding in the President’s 2007 Budget Request:
* Services for Children who witness abuse
* Sexual Assault Services
* Privacy protections for victims of violence
* Programs for Communities of Color and Indian Women
* Prevention – encouraging men and boys role in ending violence against women

The following are some of the continuing VAWA programs that have not received full funding in the President’s Budget request
* National Domestic Violence Hotline
* Family Violence Prevention and Services Act Shelter and Services
* Rape Prevention and Education
* Services for Older and Disabled Victims of Violence
* Legal Assistance for victims of violence
* Transitional Housing

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