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Grayer: Mandatory Minimums in VAWA Reauthorization Are Counterproductive

Members of Congress who support the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization including those who support mandatory minimum penalties in other contexts should recognize that new mandatory sentencing requirements for aggravated sexual assault are a step in the wrong direction. We urge House and Senate leaders to remove these mandatory sentencing provisions when crafting a final bill to send to the president.

Elizabeth L. Grayer is president of Legal Momentum, a legal defense and education fund dedicated to advancing the rights of women and girls.

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