Twenty one years ago yesterday, the Violence Against Women Act became law. This legislation has provided life-saving assistance to millions of women and families across the nation by enacting tough new provisions to hold offenders of violence against women accountable and by strengthening programs that provide services for the survivors of these crimes.
Despite the protections the Violence Against Women Act provides for sexual assault survivors, GOP candidates for president like Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Lindsey Graham actually voted against the bill. Rand Paul even called the legislation “controversial” because it expanded protections for same-sex couples and immigrants.
While these candidates failed to support this life saving legislation, other GOP candidates have equally troubling records when it comes to protecting women.
Ben Carson — Questioned whether violence against women was a widespread issue.
Chris Christie — Vetoed legislation that alerted survivors of domestic violence if an abuser with a restraining order was nearby.
Bobby Jindal — Slashed funding for domestic violence shelters, violence protection programs, and intervention programs
Donald Trump — Advocated for a lenient sentence for individual convicted of raping an 18-year-old girl.
Scott Walker — Cut funding for legal aid for domestic violence survivors in his first budget. As Milwaukee County Executive, Walker also proposed cutting funding for emergency shelters for domestic violence victims.