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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A Closer Look at VAWA

In 1994, Bill Clinton signed a very long law called the Violence Against Women Act, known as VAWA. The law has been reauthorized many times by large majorities, which makes you wonder whether this is another of those bills that Congress doesn’t bother to read before passing. If you look at VAWA beyond the title, you find a law full of dubious assertions and payoffs to feminist organizations.

VAWA focuses on crime based on the victim rather than the act committed. Men and children get no benefit from VAWA. In fact, VAWA treats men like enemies. It encourages women to leave their husbands and file criminal complaints against them. Protections usually granted to criminal suspects are denied to men accused under VAWA. While women are given free legal counsel to pursue their allegations, men must provide their own. The definition of domestic abuse was expanded to cover such everyday occurrences as facial expressions and insults. VAWA falsely assumes that domestic violence is a one-way street. It supposedly protects women from men, but VAWA doesn’t protect women from other women, or men from women. Several studies emphasize that women are just as likely to be abusive toward their partners as men. The feminists, however, only punish domestic violence that positions women as victims of the patriarchy.

The Violence Against Women Act is a big source of money to finance the feminists. VAWA uses taxpayer’s money to promote the feminist agenda, to lobby for pro-feminist causes and legislation, and to pursue legal action against husbands. The Violence Against Women Act does very little to actually protect women from violence, but like much else in the feminist agenda, it plays a part in the decline of the American family as I describe in my new book called Who Killed the American Family?

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