Helena – Five years ago today, the Violence Against Women Act was reauthorized to help combat violence against women and support survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault – in Montana and nationwide – by providing health services, bringing criminals to justice, and helping families recover.
In 2015, wealthy East Coast developer Matt Rosendale had the chance as a state lawmaker to support Montana women by extending unemployment insurance for victims of domestic violence who have lost their jobs as a result of being abused, assaulted or stalked. But what did Maryland Matt do?
He proved that he does not view victims of domestic violence as a priority, voting against expanding the availability of unemployment insurance to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Despite his heinous vote, the bipartisan bill passed by a large majority and was signed into law.
In line with his extreme and harmful positions, Rosendale also voted in 2011 against funding for a service for victims of sex crimes that notifies them when their attacker is released from prison.
And, Rosendale was one of only nine opposed to the creation of a sexual assault prosecution unit in Montana’s Office of the Attorney General, voting against a bipartisan measure praised by Attorney General Tim Fox for ensuring “that sexual assault prosecutions are always a priority for the Montana Department of Justice.”
“Matt Rosendale turned his back on women and victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking instead of helping secure the support they desperately need and deserve,” said Brooke Bainum, spokeswoman for the Montana Democratic Party. “Rosendale’s bad record makes it crystal clear that he will not protect Montana’s most vulnerable women. His unwillingness to help victims of sex crimes, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking is despicable and dangerous.”
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