Sen. Franken stands with Minneapolis Police Chief Harteau to promote newly enacted law protecting women

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Minneapolis, MN — U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) on Monday (April 1) was joined by Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau at a Minneapolis City Hall event to discuss the protections the passage of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) will provide for women in Minnesota.

The law was recently signed by President Obama, and included two key provisions written and championed by Sen. Franken.

“Women in Minnesota – and around the country – should be free from domestic and sexual violence, and our nation’s laws should do everything possible to make that a reality,” said Sen. Franken. “The Violence Against Women Act is an important part of the fight to end violence against women, and I’m pleased that it includes two provisions I wrote to protect victims of these terrible crimes. Today, I was proud to stand with Chief Harteau, and so many of Minnesota’s leaders in the fight against domestic and sexual violence, to talk about how this important legislation will protect women in our state.”

“The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has been a catalyst to help our collaborative efforts and enable us to raise awareness in the community to stop violence against women and children,” said Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau. “Because of VAWA and Senator Franken’s support and efforts with this Act, we have been able to fund innovative programs necessary for us to work more effectively with victims. We are also now better equipped to protect our community in breaking this cycle of violence.”

The bill includes Sen. Franken’s Survivors of Sexual Assault Act, which ensures that survivors of sexual assault are never forced to pay for their own rape kits. It also included his Housing Rights for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence Act, which would make it unlawful to evict a woman from federally supported housing just because she is a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.

Earlier this month, the Senate passed the VAWA Reauthorization with a large bipartisan majority.

In April 2012, Sen. Franken voted for a similar reauthorization of VAWA that passed the Senate; the House never took that bill up for a vote.


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