Women’s Group: “Rep. Pete Sessions is a Domestic Violence Apologist”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, August 1st, 2018
CONTACT: Yasmina Dardari | (407) 922-8149 | yasmina@unbendablemedia.com

Women’s Group: “Rep. Pete Sessions is a Domestic Violence Apologist”

Top House Republican Said Man Killed His Wife ‘Because the Woman Was Unfair’

Earlier today, Talking Points Memo released a video of Rep. Pete Sessions making outrageous remarks in an event in his home district when advocating for a change in the Dallas family court system’s ‘no-fault’ divorce policy. In his remarks, he expressed sympathy for a man who shot and murdered his wife in his district after family court proceedings, “because the judge was unfair, and the woman was unfair.” He went on to say that the wife “demanded something, and he was out. And it was frustration.”

In reaction to Rep. Sessions’ comments, Shaunna Thomas, Executive Director of UltraViolet, a leading national women’s group, explained:

“Yet again, another prominent Republican member of Congress has made headlines for exposing his dangerously sexist world view. This time, Congressman Pete Sessions did so by suggesting a man who shot and murdered his wife after divorce proceedings did not go his way was actually a victim in the situation.

“Domestic violence-related murder is an epidemic of massive proportions in this country—in fact, more than half of homicides against women are committed by intimate partners. Women are being killed everyday in this country, and yet Congressman Sessions expresses sympathy for perpetrators of this heinous crime. Sessions is a domestic violence apologist, and his misogynist ideology disqualifies him from public office and serving his constituents.”

For more information, or for interview with an UltraViolet spokesperson, please contact Yasmina Dardari at (407) 922-8149 or by email at yasmina@unbendablemedia.com.

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UltraViolet is an online community of over 1,000,000 women and men who want to take collective action to expose and fight sexism in the public sector, private sector and the media. Find out more at weareultraviolet.org