In 2019, Roseanna Otto was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend, who was able to have access to a firearm despite having previously been convicted of violent offenses including domestic assault with injury. Roseanna's sister Lilly is calling on Senator Joni Ernst to protect families like hers by closing the 'boyfriend loophole' and supporting the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which Ernst has blocked in the Senate.
Tell Joni Ernst: Remember Roseanna, and stand up for survivors of domestic violence, not your special interest donors. Call her today: (202) 224-3254.
Watch: Remember Roseanna
Lilly, Roseanna's sister, calls on Senator Ernst to close the boyfriend loophole and stand up for survivors. Click here to watch, or click the image below.
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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and survivors like Lilly and her family need our support. Click the links above to donate to Roseanna's Run, and other organizations standing up for survivors.
Remember Roseanna is a proud project of Progress Iowa, conducted with the approval of Lilly in memory of her sister.
Anyone who is in a violent situation and needs help can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233. If you are unable to speak safely, text the word LOVIES to 1-866-331-9474 or visit thehotline.org.
The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 would keep weapons away from people like Jerome Moyer, the man who is charged with shooting and killing Roseanna in her Winterset home.
During negotiations on the bill, Ernst called the VAWA renewal a “non-starter” and tried to draft her own last-minute version of the bill, blocking the Senate from voting on the House-passed version of the bill that she helped create.
Ernst took issue with a piece of the bill, which would close the “boyfriend loophole.” The boyfriend loophole allows physically abusive ex-partners and stalkers with previous convictions to purchase guns.
“If you were convicted of domestic violence 30 years ago you could have your gun rights taken away today,” Ernst said in a phone call with reporters. “That doesn’t allow for due process.”
Ernst benefitted from more than $3 million from the National Rifle Association in 2014, and the group has been influencing her decisions in congress ever since.
The Violence Against Women Act was initially passed in 1994 and has been reauthorized three times. It protects victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking by funding shelters, hotlines and national awareness of the issues.