New Wendy Davis TV Ad: Greg Abbott Failed to Pursue Sexual Abuse Investigation at State School

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Yesterday the Wendy Davis campaign released its latest TV ad, titled “Time Went By,” which highlights yet another instance of Greg Abbott failing to protect sexual assault victims.

The ad focuses on the 13 cases of sexual abuse that occurred at West Texas State School, which prompted a Texas Ranger to contact the Attorney General’s office for assistance with a lagging investigation.

But Attorney General Greg Abbott ignored the Ranger’s claims for almost a year while 16 additional incidents of abuse took place.

“Greg Abbott has proven over and over that protecting and supporting survivors of sexual assault is not important to him or his campaign,” Yvonne Gutierrez, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Texas Votes, said in a statement. “Survivors of sexual assault, and all Texans, deserve better from our political leaders.

Between 2003 and 2005, administrators at West Texas State School abused at least six youths who were incarcerated at the time. After the local abuse investigation languished, Texas Ranger Sgt. Brian Burzynski contacted the Attorney General’s office to ask for support.

Burzynski wrote that the Ward County District Attorney was a “very weak prosecutor” who was not aggressively seeking justice for the abuse survivors. Nonetheless, the Attorney General’s office refused to step in because the DA was not personally requesting assistance.

When the prosecutor finally requested Greg Abbott’s assistance, it was eleven months later—and at least 16 additional cases of abuse or neglect had occurred.

Between February 2006, when Sgt. Burzynski emailed the Attorney General’s office, and January 2007, when the office got involved, youth at the West Texas State School reported two cases of assault, one case of excessive force, staff sexual contact, and an inappropriate relationship.

Once again, Greg Abbott looked the other way and Texans suffered. Watch the ad here:

Natalie tweets from @nsanluis.


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Natalie San Luis

Natalie is a native Texan, a feminist, and a writer, focusing on reproductive justice, race, and pop culture. When she's not writing (and sometimes when she is), she's brewing beer, drinking beer, and reading stuff on the Internet. Her work has been featured on The Huffington Post, xoJane, The Billfold, Culturemap, and E3W Review of Books. She tweets from @nsanluis.

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