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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Let's Review the Violence Against Women Act

The Violence Against Women Act, which was passed during the Clinton Administration, is in major need of revision. Its billion-dollar-a-year price tag is spent by the radical feminists to pursue their ideology and goals. It's known as feminist pork, so it should be an embarrassment to Members of Congress who voted for it.
For 30 years, the feminists have been pretending that their goal is to wipe out all gender differences no matter how reasonable. When it comes to domestic violence, however, feminist dogma preaches that there is an innate gender difference: they say men are naturally batterers and women are naturally victims. Starting with its title, the Violence Against Women Act is just about as sex discriminatory as legislation can get. It is written to reduce abuse of women and to punish men. The law ignores the mountain of evidence that women initiate physical violence nearly as often as men. This law has more than 60 passages in its lengthy text that exclude men from its benefits. So, for starters, the words "and men" should be added to those 60 sections, and the law's title should be changed to Partner Violence Reduction Act.

This law should be rewritten to deal with the tremendous problem of false accusations so that its priority can be to help real victims. A Centers for Disease Control survey found that half of all partner violence was mutual, and 282 scholarly studies reported that women are just as physically aggressive as men.

Currently used definitions of domestic violence that are unacceptably trivial include calling your partner a naughty word, raising your voice, causing "annoyance" or "emotional distress," or just not doing what your partner wants. The law's revision should use an accurate definition of domestic violence that includes violence or threatened violence that results or threatens to result in physical injury.

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