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.
Visitors get their first look at the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, which opened to the public on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. The new memorial is located off Independence Ave. SW between the Rayburn House Office Building and HHS. Buy photo here.