Yesterday, the US House of Representatives voted to pass S.47, The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. This legislation would provide critical protections to all female victims of abuse and violence.
Prior to the legislation's passage, the House Republican Majority offered an amendment that would strip these protections for certain groups of women, namely immigrants, Native Americans and LGBT victims. Rep. Keating, as a former District Attorney, has long worked to protect women from violence. This morning, he was the only former prosecutor to speak out against this harmful amendment.
Rep. Keating has also been a long member and champion of the White Ribbon Campaign, which he plans to bring to Congress next week. The White Ribbon Campaign, which started in 1991, is the world's largest movement of men and boys working to end violence against women and girls. As part of the campaign, men are asked to wear white ribbons and sign a pledge that states: I pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls.
While he was a DA, Rep. Bill Keating held many White Ribbon Campaign events, and during his first term in Congress, held a Women's Week, which culminated in a White Ribbon Rally. Next week, he plans to speak on the floor about the movement and invite his colleagues in Congress to sign the pledge. He will also have white ribbons for his colleagues to wear while in session next week.
(This article originally appeared in Cape Cod Today)