Illinois Democrats call for Violence Against Women Act to be reauthorized

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Illinois Democrats are calling for the Violence Against Women Act to be reauthorized.

The act was passed by congress 24 years ago.

The legislation was written by Joe Biden.

Domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking were no longer considered a private or family matter.

In a release, Michael J. Madigan, chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois, pointed the finger at President Trump. "With Donald Trump in the White House, women are constantly targeted as part of his agenda. As we saw with his recent Supreme Court nominee, women's rights will remain under threat for years to come, making legislation like the Violence Against Women Act even more important."

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