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Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Revise the Violence Against Women Act

The Violence Against Women Act known as VAWA was passed by Congress during the Bill Clinton Administration. Clinton looked upon VAWA as the payoff to the feminists for supporting his election as President. In its more than 15 years of operation, it has done little or no good for real victims of domestic violence, it has lobbied for state laws that proved to be hurtful to women and families, and it been dishing out nearly a billion dollars a year to radical feminist organizations without any accountability. VAWA is now up for reauathorization by Congress, and so now is the time to revise and amend the law so that it will be helpful to real victims.

What's wrong with VAWA? In the first place, VAWA is very gender discriminatory. Its fundamental assumption is that men are naturally batterers and women are naturally victims. In other words, men are always wrong and women must always be believed without any fear of being punished for committing perjury. Even the title of VAWA, Violence Against Women, is discriminatory. VAWA assumes there is no violence against men and in fact VAWA doesn't provide services for men who are victims of domestic violence. Another problem is that the feminists have so broadened the definition of domestic violence that it doesn't have to be violent and can be whatever a women alleges.

Feminist recipients of this law's handouts use the money to lobby legislators, judges and prosecutors on the taxpayers' dime (which they are not supposed to do), and the results are generally harmful to all concerned.

The law should encourage counseling when appropriate and voluntary, as well as programs to help couples terminate the use of illegal drugs. Every spending bill, including VAWA, should be subject to rigorous auditing procedures in order to curb waste and fraud and to establish accountability. Listen to the radio commentary here:

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