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Reader's view: Cravaack voted to weaken protection for women

I am disappointed, disgusted and angry with U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack's vote to weaken the protections in the Violence Against Women Act. If it wasn't for these support systems, I would still be with my abuser. I wouldn't be allowed to do anything,...

I am disappointed, disgusted and angry with U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack's vote to weaken the protections in the Violence Against Women Act. If it wasn't for these support systems, I would still be with my abuser. I wouldn't be allowed to do anything, to go out and live my life or even to write this letter, without a strong Violence Against Women Act.

My daughter was sexually abused. If I didn't have a Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault worker there for me and my daughter, it would have been next to impossible for me to give her the support she needed. PAVSA supported my daughter when she was at her most vulnerable. The program is strong for you while you are strong for your child. It isn't possible to put into words the support its workers provide and how much that support is needed by a parent.

Everyone should have access to support like this if they need it. Cravaack's vote for a "fake" Violence Against Women Act was an insult to me, my daughter and every person helped by the Violence Against Women Act. Let's make our communities safer, not bicker over who deserves our help.

Amber Ackerson

Duluth

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