#WhenBlackWomenVote: Where Do Trump And Biden Stand On Issues Important To Black Women Voters?

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Violence Against Women:

Both Trump and Biden have been accused of sexual harassment and/or assault. So they would both fail in that arena.

Black women suffer higher instances of partner violence, psychological violence and sexual violence than other groups.

Trump-Pence: Trump has advocated for grabbing women by their vaginas, and has no plan in writing to help curb violence made against women. In 2019, Trump’s administration quietly changed the definition of what constitutes as domestic and sexual violence under the Justice Department’s definition. It now only considers physical harm that constitutes a felony or misdemeanor to be domestic violence – meaning other forms of domestic violence such as psychological abuse, coercive control and manipulation no longer fall under the department’s definition. The Office on Violence against Women (OVW) has also followed similar instruction in changing the course of what sexual violence means.

Grade: F

Biden-Harris: Biden’s campaign does have a plan which includes focusing on passing the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 (VAWA 2019), which is stalled in the Senate due to majority leader Mitch McConnell. Biden’s plan includes ending the rape kit backlog, as well as aiding victims secure housing, gain economic stability, and recover from the trauma of abuse.

Grade: C

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