In Their Own Words

Mar 30, 2010

“To keep her from testifying against a man who had abused her. It’s really... It’s just unbelievable. The idea that he would use the state police and himself – he called her himself to basically say – or is alleged to have [said], ‘Don’t show up in court to testify against my friend, who beat you up.’ You know, that is the worst kind of harassment of women who are already very reluctant to go the court on domestic violence issues.”
---Cokie Roberts, ABC’s “This Week,” February 28, 2010

“In my travels around the world as the Global Ambassador for YouthAids and Population Services International Board Member, I have seen first-hand the devastation that violence imposes on women and girls. However, I have also witnessed how programs that empower and support women, especially in impoverished areas, can help break the cycle of violence, therefore making an enormous, positive difference not only for themselves, but also for their families and communities. I believe that it is important for our government to focus on ending this global issue and work towards finding solutions that can be implemented and sustained. I-VAWA [International Violence Against Women Act] is a way to help end this scourge for millions of women around the world.”
---Actress and humanitarian Ashley Judd, March 17, 2010