Know the Facts, Stop the Violence
Every two minutes...an American is sexually assaulted. Volunteers can play a vital role in providing support services to those in need and educating the public about prevention. GFWC members also can advocate for public policy support for victims of assault.
»Learn more statistics from RAINN—the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network.
»Help support funding for the Violence Against Women Act
»Join the white ribbon campaign to raise awareness about violence, including sexual assault.
»Read about tean dating violence in GFWC's domestic violence awareness bulletin.
GFWC's Call to Action
- Pass this alert on to your fellow clubwomen, your friends, your family, and your community.
- Share the details on violence against women and what it means for the global community.
- Inform local newspapers, radio stations, and local television news of the issue. Write a letter to the editor to raise awareness of violence against women and encourage support of VAWA.
- Work with your club members to create an action toolkit; use Amnesty International's toolkit as a model.
- Sign the pledge in support of I-VAWA and to help make violence against women a priority in the United States.
- Contact Congress immediately and let them know that you support full funding of the Violence Against Women Act and the International Violence Against Women Act, as well as all programs for victims of gender-based violence this year and every year of the authorization. Encourage your elected official to sign on as cosponsors of the vital piece of legislation, to ensure the safety of millions of women and girls around the world.
- Find out where your lawmakers stand, and contact them directly.You can find your lawmakers contact information online at the Senate and House of Representatives websites.