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Forever Domestic Violence Awareness Stamp Proposed

Kumu Gupta

Forever Domestic Violence Awareness Stamp proposed

A proposal for a Forever Domestic Violence Awareness Stamp was filed with the US Postal Service by Miss Kumu Gupta during October Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2016. In 2003, a special Stop Family Violence Semi Postal Stamp was issued by USPS by special Act of Congress, a percentage of whose sales went to Dept. of Health and Human Services for Domestic Violence programs. The Stop Family Violence semipostal stamp, authorized by P.L. 107-67, the Stamp Out Domestic Violence Act of 2001, provided assistance to the programs and organizations fighting domestic violence. The stamp was issued on October 8, 2003.

As per National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten and in the United States, an average of 20 people are physically abused by intimate partners every minute. This equates to more than 10 million abuse victims annually. Having a Forever Postal Stamp for Domestic Violence Awareness would make this issue prominently visible to every day people both in the US and globally, on a regular basis for a long time to come, felt Miss. Gupta.

"We are so fortunate to have Vice President Joe Biden at the helm fighting on behalf of victims and their families and in 3 years when this stamp is expected to be issued, if approved by the USPS Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee, it will be the 25th Ann. of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) which then Senator Biden authored ," said Kumu Gupta.

Miss Gupta  has been helping victims of domestic violence and their families for past few years and earlier volunteer'd with Saheli (started Donate A Cell Phone program), former Vice Chair Mayor's Human Rights Commission (Men against Domestic Violence) (Quincy, MA) and since 2009 has been participating in the White House Council on Women and Girls on issues of Violence against Women, STEM and health including Sports & Violence against Women as  President's Challenge Advocate.

(Stop Family Violence Semi postal Stamp - Image Courtesy USPS. )

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