Congress Clashes on Sexual Assault in Military

The Senate Armed Services Committee, siding with Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI), resolved to leave decisions about sexual assault prosecution in the hands of military commanders rather than removing those decisions from the chain-of-command.

DOJ Offers Strategic Changes for Victims Services, Recognizes RAINN

The Justice Department wants services for victims of crime to move into the 21st century by making better use of technology and basing services on thorough research and evaluation.

Justice for All: Senate to Consider Renewal of Key Law

Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and John Cornyn (R-TX) today introduced the Justice for All Reauthorization Act of 2013, which would renew and expand existing law to better use DNA technology to combat crimes.

How VAWA Protects Victims

Are you wondering what, exactly, VAWA does — and how it helps? Here are a few of its key parts.

Congress Passes SAFER Act

As part of its renewal of the Violence Against Women Act, the House of Representatives today passed the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting (SAFER) Act, which will help eliminate the backlog of untested DNA evidence from unsolved rape cases and take countless rapists off the streets

House Passes VAWA, Including SAFER Act; Bill Heads to President

The U.S. House of Representatives today followed the Senate in voting to renew the Violence Against Women Act, sending it to the president to be signed into law. VAWA, which has helped reduce the level of sexual violence in the US, expired more than a year ago.

Senate Passes the Violence Against Women Act

In a strong bipartisan act today, the Senate voted to renew the landmark Violence Against Women Act.

Senate Takes Up Bipartisan Violence Against Women Act

The landmark Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which has helped reduce sexual and domestic violence by more than half, expired last year

SAFER Act of 2012 Introduced in U.S. House of Representatives

Reps. Ted Poe (R-TX) and Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today introduced the SAFER Act of 2012, a bipartisan bill that will help fix the backlog of untested DNA evidence from unsolved rape cases.

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