The federal law called the Violence Against Women Act will be coming up for its five-year reauthorization later this year, and I believe it is in need of major reform. Many people believe that reforming the Violence Against Women Act is today's basic civil rights issue because family courts have used it to deny American citizens, especially men, their basic constitutional rights.
It seems elementary that husbands and fathers who are accused of crimes by their wives or girlfriends should have the same constitutional rights accorded to any criminal, but they do not in family courts. Men are routinely denied equal treatment under law, the right to a fair trial, the presumption of innocence until proven guilty, the right to confront their accusers, and the right to have a court-appointed lawyer when they can't afford to hire an attorney. It's time to restore basic constitutional rights to husbands and fathers and repudiate the feminist agenda that treats men as guilty unless proven innocent.
What is the definition of domestic violence? Feminists have gotten family courts to operate on a loosey-goosey definition of family violence. It doesn't have to include any violence. It can simply be what a man says or how he looks at a woman. It can even be what a woman thinks a man might do or say. Definitions of violence include calling your partner a naughty word, raising your voice, causing "annoyance" or "emotional distress," claiming to be "fearful," or just not doing what your partner wants. The law should define domestic violence to mean violence.
It's very important for Congress to reform the Violence Against Women Act so that all persons accused of domestic violence, whether man or woman, should be entitled to have fundamental constitutional rights, including due process and presumption of innocence until proven guilty by clear and convincing evidence in court.
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