BoozCruise: Violence Against Women Act

Senator Boozman cruises all over the world and votes against Arkansas every step of the way.

During Sen. Boozman’s 15 years in Washington, he’s traveled to 53 countries a total of 129 times — and YOU paid for it.

While Sen. Boozman was traveling to Italy seven times, domestic violence and violence against women was being brought to light in the U.S. with a renewed emphasis to combat and prevent these horrible crimes.

In 1994, the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was signed into law to prevent and combat domestic violence.

Since it was first enacted, domestic abuse against women has dropped by 50 percent.
Then-U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge at a press conference.

As a prosecutor, I saw firsthand how VAWA has made a difference in the lives of women and girls by ensuring an aggressive response to domestic violence, boosting victims services, and enhancing efforts to prevent and prosecute these horrible crimes.

Working on domestic violence cases was an eye-opening experience that made me passionate to do everything possible to support and protect victims and prosecute abusers.

It’s appalling that Sen. Boozman has voted against the Violence Against Women Act not once, but twice.

Sen. Boozman’s opposition to legislation that has made incredible strides to address domestic violence and has made a life-changing difference in the lives of so many women and families reinforces that he is disconnected from our state and has no qualms ignoring the voices and values of Arkansas — especially Arkansas women.

It doesn’t end there — in 2012 Sen. Boozman voted against legislation that would have provided federal funding to reduce the backlogs of untested rape kits. As of 2013, there were an estimated 400,000 untested rape kits. Analyzing old rape kits can often lead to convictions — delivering justice to dangerous people and keeping our communities safe. So, it is beyond me why Sen. Boozman would vote against such measures.

With this record, it’s no surprise that Sen. Boozman has been more comfortable traveling around the world instead of showing up in Arkansas.

I’m running to be a strong, new voice for Arkansas in the U.S. Senate. I will travel to all 75 counties in Arkansas and stand up for issues affecting folks — like domestic violence — instead of visiting Italy seven times.

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