New Patty Murray TV Ad on Violence Against Women: Highlights Washington State Woman, Work Fighting Together to Protect Women

Seattle – Today, People for Patty Murray released Senator Murray’s second television ad of the campaign. This ad highlights a Washington state woman named Deborah Parker, who shared her story with Senator Murray and worked with her to make sure that the Violence Against Women Act was reauthorized in a way that included expanded protections for women in Washington state and across the country




Senator Murray first met Deborah Parker in 2013, when Deborah shared the painful story of her childhood sexual assault. Together, Deborah Parker and Senator Murray fought against Republicans to ensure that the Violence Against Women Act was renewed with expanded protections for women, including Native Americans.


You can watch Senator Murray’s first television ad here:





Deborah Parker: “I went into Senator Murray’s office and I told her that I was a victim of child sexual assault. She held my hand and said ‘I’m going to help you”

Senator Murray led the fight to ensure that the Violence Against Women Act was renewed with expanded protections. 

Murray: “VAWA Has Never Been, And Should Never Be, A Partisan Bill.”According to a Murray press release, “Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray released the following statement after House Republican leadership finally allowed the Senate's bipartisan, inclusive Violence Against Women Act to be voted on in the House. The bill, which Murray cosponsored, passed by a vote of 286-138. Passage comes over 500 days after the bill's authorization expired in late 2011. Since that time Murray has helped lead efforts in Congress to reauthorize an inclusive bill that expands VAWA's protections to cover more women in at-risk communities.  ‘This is a long delayed, hard won, and badly needed victory for millions of women, especially those who were told that they weren't worthy of VAWA's protections. It means that finally, after over 16 months of struggle, tribal women, the LGBT community, immigrants, and women on college campuses will have the tools and resources this life-saving bill provides. ‘There is absolutely no reason that it should have taken this long for the House leadership to come around on a bill that had overwhelming bipartisan support. But passage today is a validation of what we've been saying since this bill expired in 2011 - VAWA has never been, and should never be, a partisan bill. That is why I applaud moderate Republican voices in the House who stood up to their leadership to demand a vote on the Senate bill.’” [Murray press release, 2/28/13] 

Murray, Casey Inserted Provision Into VAWA Reauthorization That Required Colleges To Establish Specific Policies For Fighting Sexual Violence On Campus. The Pottsville Republican & Evening Herald reported: “Given the raised national awareness of sex crimes created by the Jerry Sandusky case and the idiotic comments about rape last year by several Republican Senate candidates, it's hard to believe that a major political battle was necessary to renew the Violence Against Women Act, which originally was passed in 1994. The bill finally passed the House last week. For example, the law includes provisions introduced by Sen. Bob Casey of Scranton and Sen. Patty Murray, a Washington Democrat, requiring colleges that receive federal funds to establish specific policies for fighting sexual violence on campus. Students who report an incident to administrators, for example, would be informed of the right to report the crime to police outside of the university system.” [Pottsville Republican & Evening Herald, 3/6/13] 

Murray “Took The Lead In The Senate” On VAWA Reauthorization That Included Protections For Tribal Women, Gay Women, And Immigrants.The Charleston Gazette reported: “The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) recently passed the U.S. Senate with a provision that would allow tribal courts to prosecute non-Indians in some abuse cases, closing a loophole that many American Indian women say leaves them unsafe…This year's reauthorization also includes language that would require provision of services to victims regardless of sexual orientation, and would extend expedited visa procedures for immigrants who are victims of domestic violence. ‘We need to make sure who you are or who you love will not prohibit you from getting help if you need it,’ said U.S. Sen. Patty Murray. She and U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, both Democrats from Washington, took the lead in the Senate to reauthorize the law, including the tribal provision. ‘The fact is nontribal members repeatedly abuse these women and thumb their noses at them because there is nothing they can do,’ Murray said. ‘It has given them a free pass.’” [Charleston Gazette, 3/15/13] 

Parker: “I told Patty Murray that Native women need to be included in the Violence Against Women Act That all women deserve to be protected.”

Senator Murray pushed for the Violence Against Women Act to include protections for Native Americans and other minority groups.


Murray: Cantor’s Opposition To Tribal Protections In VAWA “Inexcusable” With “Real-Life Implications For Women.” Louisiana Weekly reported: “Native American and congressional advocates of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) are frustrated that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., held up a compromise in the waning days of the 112th Congress that would have allowed the legislation to become law, and delivered protections they say are necessary to decrease violence against Indian women. ‘It was an inexcusable failure by House Republican leaders and one that will have real-life implications for women who now find themselves with nowhere to turn for help,’ Sen. Patty Murray, DWash., and a leading supporter of the tribal provisions, wrote on her website. ‘It was also another reminder, coming on the same day that House Republican leaders refused to pass aid to states ravaged by Superstorm Sandy, that these leaders continue to answer to the most radical elements of their party regardless of who or what is at stake.’ The main sticking point in getting a VAWA compromise that would have passed in the House and Senate, Murray and other congressional sources say, was Cantor's opposition to the tribal provisions of the Senate version of the bill passed in April. Those provisions would allow tribal courts to have jurisdiction over non-Indians who commit crimes of violence on Indian lands- an ability that tribal courts currently do not have, which is one reason why non-Indian violence on reservations is so high, according to Indian advocates. ” [Louisiana Weekly, 1/21/13]

Murray Said She Would Oppose Any Version Of VAWA That Did Not Include Protections For Native American, Gay, Or Transgendered Women. National Journal reported: “Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., on Tuesday said she would oppose any version of a bill reauthorizing anti-domestic-violence programs that excludes Senate-only provisions, a stance that deepens an impasse with the House. Speaking at a news conference, Murray said any compromise version of the Violence Against Women Act that doesn't expand protections to Native American and gay and transgendered victims is ‘unacceptable.’ The House version also would not increase visas for undocumented immigrants who assist in prosecution of domestic violence cases like the Senate bill would. ‘I am not going to pass a violence against women bill into law by throwing out the provisions [and] throwing under the bus, Native American women, LGBT members, and immigrants,’ Murray said when asked if she would prefer no bill to the House's version. She noted that current programs are funded, despite the authorization's expiration last year.” [National Journal, 6/26/12]


Parker: “In 2013, the Violence Against Women Act was passed. There are women, including Native American women who are now safer, because of Patty Murray.”

Senator Murray helped to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, which protects millions of women across the country.

Murray Made VAWA Reauthorization “A Top Priority.” The Peninsula Daily News reported: “Ending a 16-month battle with the Senate, the House of Representatives voted 286-138 to approve the plan last week as part of an expansion of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act. The bill now goes to President Obama, who said he would sign it into law.  The bill also would expand federal investigative assistance to include gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender victims of violence and would allow more illegal immigrants who are victimized to get temporary visas to stay in the United States. ‘This is a long-delayed and hard-won victory for millions of women in this country,’ said Sen. Patty Murray, D-Bothell, who made the issue a top priority after Congress allowed the law to expire in 2011.” [Peninsula Daily News, 3/3/13]

Murray: Women In The Senate See “A Problem That All-Male Panels Don’t And We Bring It To The Forefront.” The Washington Post reported: “Murray said female senators have influenced other high-profile policy debates, including the Violence Against Women Act, in which the four female Republicans joined Democrats in voting to reauthorize the law. ‘We're finding that as more women come here and move into positions of leadership, we may see a problem that all-male panels don't and we bring it to the forefront,’ Murray said.” [Washington Post, 6/20/13]