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Dear President Obama, First Lady, Secretary Clinton, Vice President Biden and all other members of the USA government and their spouses:

As I-VAWA voting approaches, I am writing to encourage you to pass this important legislation for the benefit of women everywhere.

When women and girls are starved, beaten, degraded, raped, burned with acid, married off as children or made to service men in sex and bondage, our minds go numb, our bodies break down and our self-esteem drains away until we are nothing but a bundle of hopeless and helpless nerves.Fear never ends.Anxiety is a constant companion. This isn't a way to live. This is a way to die.

I hear you say, "But that happens mostly in OTHER countries." I am a US citizen and it happened to me (and countless others) in the form of domestic violence. I was lucky. I got out alive. But that doesn't mean it ended. He stalked, threatened and haunted me for years. My children suffered both from my lack of any sense of self and his abuse.

Now, many years later, I am strong, happy and a productive citizen of the USA and the world. I work diligently for the peace of mind of women (and men) everywhere. I ask for your help and assistance by endorsing and signing I-VAWA!

When women's rights are human (and equal) rights, economies, governments, families and all other segments of societies flourish. Let's lead the way to sustainable freedom from violence for women and children everywhere.

Remind me why I am happy to be American - sign I-VAWA now!

Thank you.
K-lee Starland, Ph.D.
Smithville, Texas USA

Please join the PulseWire community in speaking out against violence and urging the U.S. government to pass the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA). Write your letter in your PulseWire journal to share your personal and observed experience in gender-based violence, both in your life and within your community. Tag your journal "IVAWA", and World Pulse will send your letter directly to President Obama, along with letters from women around the world. Learn more:


jadefrank's picture

You voice is powerful!

Thank you K-lee for leading the campaign with your powerful letter! This is perfect and we will be sure to include your letter and your voice in reaching the White House as a collective of women's voices from around the globe. The emotion that pours from your words, speaking on your personal experience in violence and speaking to women everywhere who have experienced pain from abuse. Speaking out, together as a global community of women, we believe can make a real impact in passing this vital piece of legislation.


Starland's picture

Thank you

So good to hear from you Jade. Well, I thought the First Lady and the female spouses should be included too. :) I am awaiting to hear what others have to say, too. I think this is a very important document and the men need to get over themselves and sign it.

Hope you are well


K-lee Starland, Ph.D.

Starland's picture


I keep forgetting to hit the reply button. Sigh.

K-lee Starland, Ph.D.

Pandora's picture

Thank You

As a survivor of childhood abuse and adult domestic violence, your letter to the Obama administration truly struck a cord with me. For many years now I have continually lost faith in our system of government. I find it beyond disturbing that our United States government claims to be fighting wars in order to attain women's rights in places like Afghanistan, when really it is only fighting to gain power, oil, and money.
I recently read "A Woman Among Warlords" by Malalai Joya, a young woman who puts her life on the line every day in the effort to attain justice and humane rights for the suffering women and men of Afghanistan. It touched me in a way that I can't put into words. I feel as though many people of the U.S. are blindly buying into the mass - media stories of how our "war on terror" is progressing and improving the rights and situations of the people of Afghanistan, especially those of women and girls. Yet, Joya paints a different picture, one that shows how the suffering of the Afghani people has actually worsened since we started this war. Make no mistake, while Joya essentially calls out the U.S. government as well as her own, she recognizes that the PEOPLE of the U.S. don't have the facts to enable them to get to the truth of the matter. Her purpose in writing the book is to give us the truth and facts, to give us, the people of the United States, the tools that we need to help enact change that needs to begin here before it can begin elsewhere in the world. Joya's remarkable courage in writing and publishing this book is undeniable. She lives in hiding and is constantly having to be on the move in order to be safe from her own government; a government that she was elected to by her people; a government that banished her from her elected position and forbid her the right to speak for her people; a government that would like to see her silenced forever.
Don't misconstrue my meaning here. I love my country and recognize how fortunate I am to live here. However, I refuse to let myself remain blind to the wrongs the U.S. has committed, and helped others to commit, around the world. The only solution is speaking out, which you have done here with your intelligent and heartfelt letter. I am with you sister.
With love and support,
Heather Frazier

Starland's picture

Hi Heather

So very good to hear from you. Yes, I read that book also. She is an amazing and committed woman. Many blessings on her.
What state do you live in? Well, all we can is speak out over and over and over until it brings enough public and political awareness that changes are made. Are you going to write a letter, too? If so, I look forward to reading it.

Take care of you.

K-lee Starland, Ph.D.

Amei's picture

Thank you :-)

Your post has given me energy to post my letter. I keep hearing a political scorn that was target to someone from a small country "small person big mouth" not in a nice way. There is so much contradicting views in my mind. I have written the letter but getting some confidence to post from WP as usual.

"Fear never ends.Anxiety is a constant companion. This isn't a way to live. This is a way to die." Exactly how I feel sometime, the feeling has become less in the past year and I have some hope. Anxiety added with panic is a nightmare.

Thank you Starland. You are a Star :-)

with appreciation

Starland's picture

You are a blessing

Yes, indeed, I've been there. Don't forget to take deep breaths. Go ahead and post the letter when you are ready - it's a good thing. I support you.


K-lee Starland, Ph.D.

Nusrat Ara's picture

Hello Starland, Great to read

Hello Starland,

Great to read u again. This issue should be close to the heart of every woman and everyone has to put in her/his bit.

Lots of love


jadefrank's picture

IVAWA update

Dearest K-lee,

Thank you for participating in the IVAWA letter writing campaign and for sharing your voice and your personal testimony with President Obama, Secretary Clinton, and members of the US Senate on the urgency of ending violence against women.

We sent copies of your letter in packages, along with your fellow PulseWire members', to these key decision makers, and I am excited to announce that on December 15, the International Violence Against Women Act was approved by the Foreign Relations Committee! Our voices were effective in supporting this bill!

Next step for the bill: Get passed by the Senate and House by the end of the year. I will keep you updated!

In friendship and solidarity,
Jade Frank

Online Community Manager
World Pulse

Starland's picture


Thank you so much, Jade. This is such a wonderful testimony to the power of the Word or in our case the many Words. Thank you for sharing this with me. My cup runneth over. :)

love and hugs

K-lee Starland, Ph.D.

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