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Leahy legislation prompted by brutal attack on Thetford woman

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The first legislation that Sen. Patrick Leahy plans to move in the new Congress is the Violence Against Women Act, and he cites a Thetford woman as a reason why.

In a speech at Georgetown University Wednesday, Leahy highlighted the brutal attack against Carmen Tarleton. She was beat with a baseball bat and doused with industrial strength lye by her estranged husband. While her case is extreme, Leahy says most of us know a victim of domestic or sexual violence.

"Her doctors said that she had suffered 'the most horrific injury a human being could suffer.' It nearly blinded her and today she is disfigured and still in pain. Yet, she is now courageously sharing her experience to help others. Stories like Carmen's remind me of this: Every day that we do not pass the VAWA bill comes at a human cost," said Leahy, D-Vermont.

The bill passed the U.S. Senate last year with bipartisan support, but it stalled in the House over concerns about protections for same-sex couples and Native Americans.

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