Hollywood Actress Angelina Jolie Stands Up To Capitol Hill For Victims Of Abuse

Superstar Angelina Jolie was on Capitol Hill Wednesday speaking to members of Congress about passing the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act.

“Standing here at the center of our nation’s power, I can think only of everyone who has been made to feel powerless by their abusers by a system that failed to protect them,” a tearful Jolie said.

“The reason that many people struggle to leave abusive situations is that they’ve been made to feel worthless,” she added. “When there is silence from a Congress too busy to renew the Violence Against Women Act for a decade, it reinforces that sense of worthlessness.”

She urged them to pass “one of the most important” laws that senators could pass.

“The ugly truth is that violence in homes is normalized in our country,” Jolie said. “There are people in this room who have suffered abuse and been denied justice that have worked for years to ensure that this VAWA reauthorization achieves certain basic protections that no survivors should have to ask for.”

“Like Kayden’s Law or funding for non-racially biased forensic evidence collection or the jurisdiction to prosecute non-Indian perpetrators of sexual assault, child abuse, and sex trafficking on tribal land,” she added. “These protections are urgently needed.”

The “Eternals” star broke down as she spoke about the children who suffer at the hands of abuse.

“Most of all, I want to acknowledge the children who are terrified and suffering at this moment and the many people for whom this legislation comes too late,” Jolie shared.

“The women who have suffered through this system with little or no support who still carry the pain and trauma of their abuse,” Jolie continued. “The young adults who have survived abuse and emerged stronger, not because of the child protective system but despite it. And the women and children who have died who could have been saved.”

“Heading into the Senate’s introduction of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, I’m grateful and humbled to join with dedicated advocates and legislators,” Jolie posted to Instagram prior to the meeting.

“I’m also glad to share in the advocacy with Zahara — and for her presence to calm my nerves before today’s press conference,” she added. “#VAWA #VAWA4All #VAWA2022 #nervousmom #partnersinadvocacy.”

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