On Wednesday, Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives about her personal experience with sexual violence and her support for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

“Violence has been a thread throughout my entire life, from being repeatedly sexually assaulted and raped as a child up to and including as an adult having the boys sit around locker room in gym and bet that I couldn’t be had, and when the appointed boy was finding that he was not getting very far with me decided that this was a good opportunity for a date rape and to take my underwear back as a trophy of his accomplishment,” said Moore.


This morning on CNN, Moore was asked how the existence of VAWA would have directly impacted her experience. Moore stated that one of the most important pieces of VAWA is funding for education.

How has VAWA impacted your work and your story?