JACKSON, MS- Days away from the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Violence Against Women Act, Mississippi Democratic Party Chairman Rickey Cole, issued the following statement:
“It is undeniable that respect for women is a central core value for all decent Mississippians. Women in Mississippi deserve respect. We are reminded this week of the many women who suffer from abuse, and how important domestic violence prevention must be to all of us. It is our duty to stand by women and vow that domestic violence is never acceptable.
“That is why we celebrate the 20th anniversary of passage of the Violence Against Women Act. With the passage of this law, violent offenders were held accountable, and yearly domestic violence rates have dropped by 64 percent. This week, however, we’re also sadly reminded of the damage done by Mississippi Republicans in attempts to weaken the law.
“From the law’s creation, Thad Cochran has fought this common sense legislation. Cochran voted against the creation of the Violence Against Women Act in 1994, and as recently as two years ago voted against the Senate reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.
“Thad Cochran stood with Representatives Nunnelee, Steven Palazzo and Gregg Harper and stood against women by supporting a version of the bill that stripped domestic violence protections from same-sex couples, Native American women living on reservations and undocumented individuals. Even after their failed attempt to deny protection to all women, Representatives Nunnelee and Palazzo continued their crusade by voting against the law’s reauthorization last year.
“Mississippi Democrats know that ALL women deserve protection from violence. Regardless of a woman's background or circumstances, the Mississippi Democratic Party stands by ALL women of this state. Our elected officials have a duty to protect all women and hold all violent offenders accountable for their actions. We have a responsibility to act, and the anti-woman record of Mississippi Republicans is an insult to women everywhere.”