Washington D.C. (The Gaslamp Post) – There will be a bill scheduled to hit the floor tomorrow that like so many others, will do absolutely nothing to fix the problem it was aimed at fixing. Senate bill S.47, otherwise known as the Violence Against Women Re authorization Act of 2013 is being championed as a one-shot fix all aimed at preventing violence against women.
Unfortunately, it’s not going to do the trick. How do we know this? Because the politicians floating this nonsense are claiming to “take immediate action” on this problem.
Whenever they want immediate action to solve some supposed problem, they want to act first and then figure out the bugs later. If that’s not a recipe for disaster, I don’t know what is. Anyone remember, “we have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it?”
The bill allows Congress to continue throwing about half a billion dollars annually at maintaining another bureaucracy, plain and simple. It calls for training law enforcement, doctors, school administration and personnel, and judges on feminist ideology aimed at preventing: “domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking by preventing, reducing and responding to children’s exposure to violence in the home.”
The bill also claims that they can save money by spending it through SMART, or Saving Money And Reducing Tragedies. To the politicians, it’s all about prevention. So? What’s wrong with that, isn’t an ounce of prevention better than a pound of cure?
Yes of course, but in this case it won’t do a thing to fix the problem it is aimed at addressing. This is spending money on buckets for the living room when what you should be doing is fixing the roof.
It was my understanding that those things were already illegal. What are we going to fix by making them MORE illegal?
In all reality, all this bill is going to do is put feminist lawyers, judges, counselors with little or no training, and anyone who graduated from college with a degree that ends the word “studies” to work. At the same time it is going to inflate police department budgets, strip constitutional rights away from the accused (who are usually 99.99% men), and destroy families.
According to Janice Shaw Crouse PH.D and Senior Fellow at Concerned Women for America’s Beverly LeHaye Institute:
A major, underlying problem with VAWA is that the bill lacks appropriate focus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified approximately 30 causes of domestic violence. From this, we know the factors that lead to violence in the home. Those factors are a complete mismatch with the provisions of VAWA. Domestic violence is a problem that stems from problems in relationships, psychological or social maladjustment, anger, alcoholism, and substance abuse.
VAWA is all about restraining orders, arrests, prosecution, batterer intervention programs, fostering false allegations, re-educating judges in feminist ideology and biases, and law enforcement training that have been shown to increase, rather than decrease violence. The vast VAWA bureaucracy is a full-employment entity for feminist lawyers and social workers and a boondoggle for feminist organizations who assume that all men are prone to violence and that any accusation a woman makes is fully truthful without question – any skeptic is labeled “anti-women.”
While on the surface the bill sounds like it can do some good, it’s aimed at maintaining a protected class or group of people; women. The accused, which are more often than not men are subject to arrest, imprisonment, an ugly mark on their criminal record, loss of their 2nd amendment rights, and many times a loss of a job – with NO DUE PROCESS OF LAW.
By the time it is all said and done, and the alleged abuser is found innocent, he has no recourse for having his life turned upside down. Last year I wrote a story about a man who had his life put through a wringer because his ex-wife just decided that she wanted to make someone else miserable.
There is no penalty for calling wolf! Janice Crouse PH.D goes on:
Decent people condemn anyone who uses their power, physical strength, or superior position to take advantage of, abuse, or batter a vulnerable person. But decent people are also outraged at false accusations, trumped up campaigns to promote hidden agendas, and the rush to judgment that so often obscures facts in favor of emotional accounts of abuse.
Crystal Smoot, writing on the website, WAVE: Women Against VAWA Excess, wrote, “VAWA creates incentives for people to commit fraud, but does not include penalties to punish those who misuse the law. We cannot assume that everyone reporting abuse is telling the truth when rewards are available, especially when innocent people can find themselves accused of a crime…”
…An unintended (or perhaps not) consequence of VAWA is that the legislation created a climate of suspicion of men and an abusive system that contributed to the breakdown of families. The bill is more about pushing a gender ideology than about stopping partner violence.
The result has undermined males in general and husband/fathers in particular. As lawyer Phyllis Schlafly, pointed out, “Any man accused of domestic violence effectively loses a long list of Constitutional rights accorded to ordinary criminals.
These include due process, presumption of innocence until proven guilty, equal treatment under the law, right to a fair trial, right to confront his accusers, freedom of speech, right to privacy in family matters, custody or visitation rights with his own children and even the right to bear arms. On the other hand, the woman receives free legal representation even if she has presented no evidence of injury or harm…”
…In short, VAWA offers women both a “tactical advantage” and a “powerful weapon” when they want to “get back” at a man, have regrets the next morning, or want out of a marriage for any reason at all. Allegations of abuse can cause men to lose their homes, jobs, children, and standing in the community. Once they’ve been thrown in jail because of mandatory arrests and have been assumed guilty, where do they go to get their reputations and their jobs back when the accusations are proven false?
Republican Senators who opposed this bill’s re-authorization like Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) saw this bill for what it is; justifying an already bloated bureaucracy with zero accountability. When he proposed an amendment to the bill which would curb this, the Senate Judiciary Committee threw it out on February 2, 2013.
Another individual who is pointing out that how the VAWA as it is written will not do a thing to reduce or even curb domestic violence says that the bill itself needs to be reformed. Attorney Robert Franklin, spokesman for Stop Abusive and Violent Environments says that the bill is flawed policy, and based on incorrect information made by sensationalistic claims.
Although NOW president Kim Gandy claims that VAWA is responsible for reducing violence against women, Atty. Franklin finds that difficult to swallow.
The sad fact is that, almost 20 years after its first passage, VAWA proponents can point to no evidence of its success at doing so. True, late last year former NOW president Kim Gandy claimed that a recent report by the Department of Justice “showed conclusively” that VAWA has reduced rates of domestic violence. In fact, it’s done no such thing.
What Gandy neglected to mention is that the DOJ report made no reference to VAWA at all much less credited it with the decline in domestic violence. Far more important, reduced domestic violence rates were just a subset of an overall decrease in violent crime (72 percent) that was significantly greater than the decline in domestic violence (64 percent)…
…Analysts of VAWA who are more serious than Gandy know there’s no evidence that the law has ever functioned as intended. In fact, domestic violence expert Dr. Angela Moore Parmley of the U.S. Department of Justice has said, “We have no evidence to date that VAWA has led to a decrease in the overall levels of violence against women.” The law’s proponents prefer to overlook that inconvenient fact.
What Atty. Franklin also points out is the obvious bias contained in the law. The drafters and sponsors of the legislation are conveniently overlooking one major piece to the puzzle; women can also be abusive. In many cases Atty. Franklin points out, the supposed violence is actually reciprocal.
In other words, it’s a knee-jerk reaction of one being hit first. The bill and the fact that women can and have been equally abusive is addressed nowhere in the bill.
VAWA fails to protect male victims and that ends up harming women. The organization that tracks domestic violence policy, Stop Abusive and Violent Environments (S.A.V.E.), calculates that less than 2 percent of VAWA funding goes to help male victims or female perpetrators despite the fact that 50 percent of the victims of domestic violence are men.
That unwillingness to help women who hit, or men who are hit, increases the number of women who suffer at the hands of an abuser.
Why? As the social science on domestic violence has long revealed, about half of domestic violence is “reciprocal.” That means that it’s not just John hitting Mary or Mary hitting John, but one hits and the other hits back.
According to a study for the Centers for Disease Control, in about 70 percent of reciprocal cases, it was the woman who hit first and the man who retaliated. Combine that with the fact that women are about twice as likely as men to be injured in a domestic violence incident and we’re forced to conclude that one of the most important things we can do to protect women is teach them “don’t hit first.”
It is unclear then that the VAWA is anything other than a money eating machine aimed at nothing more than empowering one group to act out against another with no responsibility for false reporting. There is no penalty for abusing the system, and no recourse for those unjustly persecuted.
According to The Hotline (The National Domestic Violence Hotline), this legislation is all about progress. It touts a decade of progress thanks to this “land mark” legislation, in the areas of preventing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.
The passage of VAWA in 1994, and its reauthorization in 2000 and 2005, has changed the landscape for victims who once suffered in silence. Victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking have been able to access services, and a new generation of families and justice system professionals has come to understand that domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking are crimes that our society will not tolerate.
Like the confused drafters and co-sponsors of the VAWA, this organization also misses the mark when it comes to addressing the problem of domestic violence. They point out all of the programs created and tax-payer funding thrown around, but makes unsupported claims about what has actually been prevented or reduced.
Another addition to this bill is the provision it makes for supposed victims of domestic violence who are in this country illegally. According to the Immigrant Legal Research Center, illegal alien women who are “victims” can be sent to the front of the line for becoming legal U.S. citizens!
VAWA allows an abused spouse or child of a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident or an abused parent of a U.S. Citizen to self-petition for lawful status in the United States, receive employment authorization and access public benefits.
Now it says that the supposed victim has to be a spouse of a citizen or legal resident, BUT if we look at the bill, under title VIII, Sec. 807, it only says “fiance” of a U.S. citizen or legal resident. Basically any illegal alien woman could say that she is engaged to a U.S. citizen, say she is abused, and be granted emergency American “non-immigrant” status.
Naw… There’s no chance THAT will ever be abused.
No one is saying that violence in the home is acceptable, but like I’ve stated before; garbage legislation is not better than no legislation. More laws aren’t going to fix any sort of problem that they’re aimed at.
As long as laws are only obeyed by the law abiding, criminals will continue to go about their routine unmolested. If we as a society want to turn this trend around, then we need to start at the basics; we need to work on the family, NOT provide a means to more easily dissolve it.
Knowing that women have abused the law, and innocent men were unfairly persecuted should be cause enough to dump this sort of legislation altogether. Regardless of how many bad people are caught, laws that snag innocent people and prosecute them unjustly and strip them of their constitutional rights without due process cannot be law!
In New York they have a “stop and frisk” policy which grants police the right to stop anyone and randomly search them, in direct violation of their 4th amendment rights. This has been credited at reducing gun violence and reducing crime, but it’s already been established that the city’s crime statistics are highly flawed and untrue.
We could be a crime free society if we were all chained to trees but that is not a free society. Laws making one guilty until proven innocent only empower the tyrannical.
When one class or group is empowered without reproach, all others will suffer. That is not justice, that is not freedom, that is not liberty.
America, this bill is going to hit the Senate floor tomorrow. I implore you all to contact your Senators and tell them to vote NO on S.47. This bill is a waste of money.
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