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Overcoming Violence: 5 MAKERS Talk About Protecting Women

As you may know, April is Sexual Assault Awareness month, a month dedicated to taking a stance to prevent sexual violence. As the country continues to make strides in the right direction, we are proud that five of our own MAKERS have made incredible efforts to protect women and raise awareness. 

Esta Soler is president of Futures Without Violence, a leading non-profit organization in the fight against domestic violence. She talks about the cycles of violence and how domestic violence affects children.

Patrica Eng is a social worker and activist devoted to women’s issues. She is Vice President for Grants and Capacity Building at the Ms. Foundation. Earlier in her career, she founded the first battered women’s shelter on the East Coast aimed specifically at immigrants—The New York Asian Women’s Center. Eng explains the fear many immigrant women experiencing violence have seeking help.

Geraldine Ferraro not only made history with her nomination as the Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate, but she also created the Special Victims Unit--long before it was a TV show. The SVU was developed to provide victims of sex crimes sensitive treatment in light of the trauma they had been through.

Former Congresswoman Pat Schroeder helped to pass the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, which was extended February 2013. She talks about the importance of having it signed into legislation, and how with the passing of the law, incidents dropped by 58%.

Charlotte Bunch once wrote that women worldwide, “are routinely subject to torture, starvation, terrorism, humiliation, mutilation, and even murder simply because they are female." She talks about how violence against women is everywhere. It just looks different in different countries, including the US.