Colin Goddard, Survivor of the April 16, 2007 Shootings at Virginia Tech, Will Speak At National Rally Tuesday

goddard-capitolWASHINGTON, DC, June 25, 2012 – The VTV Family Outreach Foundation (VTV) on Tuesday, June 26th will join with the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women at the U.S. Capitol to call on Congress to promptly pass legislation reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and include provisions that will help better protect millions of college and university students.

Colin Goddard, a survivor of the April 16, 2007 shooting tragedy at Virginia Tech, will speak at the Violence Against Women Act National Rally about how provisions in the new VAWA could have helped campus officials better intervene when the shooter was reported for stalking and other incidents of escalating threatening behavior prior to the shooting.

The Senate passed version of the VAWA reauthorization bill would, incorporating provisions from the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (Campus SaVE Act), update 20 year old provisions in the Jeanne Clery Act addressing sexual assault to expand them to include dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.

The House passed version would, incorporating provisions from the Center to Advance, Monitor, and Preserve University Security Safety Act of 2011 (CAMPUS Safety Act), establish a National Center for Campus Public Safety within the U.S. Department of Justice to help colleges and universities, among other things, develop improved threat assessment procedures. VTV is asking Congress to include both provisions in the final VAWA bill.

WHAT:  Violence Against Women Act National Rally
WHEN:  Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
WHERE:  The U.S. Capitol grounds at the corner of First Street N.E. and Constitution Avenue N.E.
WHO:  Colin Goddard, Survivor of the April 16, 2007 Shooting Tragedy at Virginia Tech

About The VTV Family Outreach Foundation
The VTV Family Outreach Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established by a majority of the families and survivors directly impacted by the April 16, 2007 tragedy at Virginia Tech. Determined to prevent a similar tragedy, the Foundation advocates for campus safety and security.