Sen. Wendy Davis Makes Campaign Stop at Odessa Crisis Center

Sen. Wendy Davis Makes Campaign Stop at Odessa Crisis Center

By Geena Martinez

NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Texas Sen. Wendy Davis made a campaign stop in the Basin on Tuesday morning.

The democratic candidate for governor was at the Odessa Crisis Center.

Davis touched on everything from Gov. Rick Perry's indictment and immigration to cracking down on rapists.

Davis was in Odessa to speak about her work in helping victims of sexual assault to get justice.

The gubernatorial candidate wrote and passed three laws to do this, one of which uncovered a backlog of more than 18,500 untested rape kits across the state.

"Those backlogged rape kits are finally being tested and survivors can now have evidence of their assault collected at almost any hospital," David said. "They make way for justice in past and present cases but also because they help to prevent future assaults."

Davis didn't hold back when it came to this issue and her opponent Greg Abbott.

"This is the same man who sided with a company against a rape survivor when she sought justice for the horrific crime committed against her," Davis said.

Davis was referring to Abbott's decision while on the Texas Supreme Court to absolve Kirby Vacuum Co. from any responsibility after a woman said she was raped by a vacuum cleaner salesman during an in-home demonstration. The salesman was hired by one of Kirby's distributors.

No background check was ever done by the distributors and it turns out that salesman was already on probation for a previous sex-related crime.

The senator touched on other hot-button issues like the Affordable Care Act.

"We have the highest number of uninsured people in the country and our governor and Mr. Abbott have both said that we should continue to refuse to accept those funds," she said.

She talked about Gov. Perry's decision to send the Texas National Guard to the border.

"They do not have detention and arrest authority and they are costing Texas taxpayers about $1 million a month," Davis said.

Davis also commented on Perry's recent indictment.

"Obviously it's one that carries some very serious charges," she said. "I will await any comment on that while the justice system continues to do its work."

Greg Abbott's campaign sent out the following statement in response to Davis' visit:

"Victims of sexual assault in Texas have no greater advocate than Greg Abbott, who as Attorney General has spearheaded the arrests of over 4,500 sex offenders and awarded over $1 billion to victims of crimes like sexual assault and domestic violence."

In 2014, Abbott announced substantive policy proposals to address the rape kit backlog. The Republican candidate says "Given the seriousness of sexual assault, DNA testing for crimes involving sexual assault, bodily injury, or death should be prioritized over testing for property crimes, temporarily, until testing is completed for the existing untested kits in DPS custody."