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Schlafly: Day of Reckoning for Violence Against Women Act

By Phyllis Schlafly

The reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Feb. 2 on a straight party-line vote. That proves again that the feminists control the Democratic Party, and it's also a refreshing indication that Republicans are no longer intimidated by feminist demands.

VAWA was originally passed by Congress in 1994, with Bill Clinton pushing the law as a payoff to the feminists for supporting his election as president. Joe Biden claims credit as a major sponsor and likes to say it is the legislation he is most proud of.

In its 17 years of operation, it has done little or no good for real victims of domestic violence, while its funds have been used to fill feminist coffers and to lobby for feminist objectives and laws. Although every spending bill should be subject to rigorous auditing procedures in order to curb waste and fraud, VAWA has somehow ducked accountability for the nearly billion dollars a year it doles out to radical feminist organizations.

Despite rigid feminist dogma that there are no gender differences, VAWA is totally grounded in feminist-created gender stereotypes. Starting with its title, Violence Against Women, its fundamental assumption is that men are naturally batterers and women are naturally victims.

In other words, men are always guilty, and women must always be believed without fear of being punished for perjury. VAWA assumes there is no violence against men, and it doesn't provide services for men who are victims of domestic violence.

The feminists have so broadened the definition of domestic violence that it doesn't have to be violent and can usually be whatever a woman alleges. Definitions of domestic violence include vague and overbroad concepts such as emotional distress, harassment, annoyance or merely unpleasant speech.

Feminist recipients of VAWAs handouts use the money to train legislators, judges and prosecutors in feminist ideology and goals. This has resulted in dozens of state laws calling for mandatory arrest (i.e., the police must arrest someone, so guess who) and no-drop prosecution (i.e., the man must be prosecuted even in the large percentage of cases where the woman has withdrawn her accusation or refuses to testify).

Instead of promoting divorce, breakup of marriage and hatred of men, VAWA should be revised to encourage counseling when appropriate and voluntary. Some VAWA money should be used for programs to help couples terminate use of illegal drugs and reduce the use of alcohol.

Any man who is accused of domestic violence effectively loses a long list of constitutional rights accorded to ordinary criminals. These include due process, presumption that he is innocent 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 with his own children, and even the right to bear arms.

The woman is provided with legal representation even though she has not presented any evidence of injury or harm. The man gets no such help.

About a fourth of divorces involve an allegation of domestic violence, which in many cases is false or without any evidence. Those allegations usually result in the issuance of restraining orders that the Illinois Bar Association has referred to as "part of the gamesmanship of divorce."

It's no surprise that VAWA is often referred to as the hate-men law. The attitude of many judges and prosecutors who have been trained by the feminists with VAWA funds was expressed by one New Jersey judge whose extravagant statement was even reported in the New Jersey Law Journal: "Your job is not to become concerned about all the constitutional rights of the man that you're violating as you grant a restraining order. Throw him out on the street, give him the clothes on his back, and tell him, 'See ya' around.'"

Judges are required to consider allegations of domestic violence in awarding child custody, even though no evidence of abuse is presented. This usually results in the complete severing of the child's relationship with his or her father.

VAWA should be completely revised to provide meaningful definitions of domestic violence that are specific enough to identify real victims, to stop the over-criminalization of minor partner discord, to emphasize counseling rather than incarceration, to assure that training programs for prosecutors and judges are objective, to assure accountability by tracking the large flow of taxpayers' money, to respect fathers' rights, to inspect shelters, to evaluate success and fairness, and to develop programs to address the common problem of mutual partner abuse.

If VAWA is not reformed to respect constitutional rights, it will turn out to be a major embarrassment to all members of Congress who vote for it.

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Phyllis Schlafly is a lawyer, conservative political analyst and author of 20 books. Her latest, written with co-author Suzanne Venker, is "The Flipside of Feminism" published by WorldNetDaily.

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  1. Bayushi ZeroComment by Bayushi Zero
    February 7, 2012 @ 10:57 am

    Of course, I see that the angry bourgeois liberals are here voting this down already. This article is the highest sort of PC crime possible, because it’s MISOGYNY!
     
    Ugh, I so hate stupid people.

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    • DaveComment by Dave
      February 7, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

      Go ahead and hate stupid people, just look deeply into the mirror!

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    • BethanyComment by Bethany
      February 8, 2012 @ 8:25 am

      Dave, hopefully B Zero is just being sarcastic.  Most of her comments tend to be conservative and on target.  Of course, I don’t claim to know.  If she is not being sarcastic, her first paragraph does not make any logical sense.

      Mrs. Schlafley is a brilliant and accomplished woman.  I wish we had a hundred more like her working to help our country.  

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    • mensequalityComment by mensequality
      February 10, 2012 @ 1:37 pm

      Actually, the Violence Against Women Act is MISANDRIST. Responsible liberals oppose it, as well.

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    • Bayushi ZeroComment by Bayushi Zero
      February 12, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

      I was indeed speaking sarcastically, Miss Bethany. I am very much a conservative, and it’s “he”. I just happened to like the avatar I’m using.
       
      Sorry if I confused ya, Dave.
       
      For more reports on the Misandry perpetuated through the feminist mythology in the United States (and occasionally abroad, too), go to Youtube and look up Mr Bernard Chapin. You can find his channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/pinegrove33 (No, it’s not me. I’m just a long-time subscriber to his channel, and have forwarded this article to him).
       
      Thank you for your support, Miss Schlafly

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  2. DaveComment by Dave
    February 7, 2012 @ 2:30 pm

    VAWA is another abomination from Clinton. Please vote this monstrosity down!

    I have seen families torn apart because of women’s accusation lead to men losing work. End this atrocity!

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  3. jenerseaComment by jenersea
    February 7, 2012 @ 3:56 pm

    Just another why do we need it law?  There are already laws on the books for assault and battery.  Why do we have to have one just for gender?  Just enforce the laws on the books and do not pass this new one to just appease the Femanazais out there.

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  4. helloboboComment by hellobobo
    February 7, 2012 @ 9:53 pm

    What a completely accurate description of the Violence Against Women Act.

    This feminist garbage should be totally repealed. Abuse is defined so broadly under the law as to make arguing with your spouse, abusive if it upsets him/her. It completely obliterates the Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights of men and harms/threatens every family member in America subjecting men to oppressive automatic arrest, automatic restraint and automatic prosecution processes through bribes given to state and local governments (the 1.6 billion spent by our corrupt government under the direction of the “Justice Department).

    This law by itself has proven beyond doubt that the United States no longer represents freedom for at least 1/2 of its citizens (men), that for this group of targeted citizens, being free is not something that is any longer a right or something under their control, that the mere opinion of another person can land them in jail, ruin them financially, obliterate their career/ability to make a living and brand them for life, all based upon nothing more than someone’s unsubstantiated opinion.

    If you’re a young man in the United States, you have no business considering marriage or having children. It just simply is too risky, dangerous to your health and well being and unrewarding to even be considered.
     
     

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  5. helloboboComment by hellobobo
    February 7, 2012 @ 9:57 pm

     
    What a completely accurate description of the Violence Against Women Act.
    This feminist garbage should be totally repealed. Abuse is defined so broadly under the law as to make arguing with your spouse, abusive if it upsets him/her. It completely obliterates the Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights of men and harms/threatens every family member in America subjecting men to oppressive automatic arrest, automatic restraint and automatic prosecution processes through bribes given to state and local governments (the 1.6 billion spent by our corrupt government under the direction of the “Justice Department).

    This law by itself has proven beyond doubt that the United States no longer represents freedom for at least 1/2 of its citizens (men), that for this group of targeted citizens, being free is not something that is any longer a right or something under their control, that the mere opinion of another person can land them in jail, ruin them financially, obliterate their career/ability to make a living and brand them for life, all based upon nothing more than someone’s unsubstantiated opinion.

    If you’re a young man in the United States, you have no business considering marriage or having children. It just simply is too risky, dangerous to your health and well being and unrewarding to even be considered.
     

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  6. kyivskarozhaComment by kyivskarozha
    February 8, 2012 @ 11:04 am

    The number of women arrested for domestic violence is skyrocketing while reliable research shows that in most of those cases, we are not dealing with a real domestic violence perpetrator. As with most of what feminazis promote, there is a serious backlash that affects ordinary and/or low income women. I firmly believe that VAWA is primarily a means for government to intrude into our homes and private lives under the banner of helping women. They encourage people to use them as a means of obtaining the upperhand in interpersonal conflict BUT once they are in, they call the shots.  

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    • Bayushi ZeroComment by Bayushi Zero
      February 12, 2012 @ 12:32 pm

      It’s a tenet of Marxism, Kyivskarozha. The family must be destroyed, as family ties can not interfere with one’s loyalty and subservience to the State.
       
      This is but one of many steps these Leninists-in-drag have already taken. Child Services often functioning in the same fashion (A parent can not even discipline a child without Child Services taking the child away and prosecuting the parent(s)), which essentially destroys the family and keeps the child from respecting his or her parents more than the all-powerful state.
       
      These people have been at this for decades, trying to drag us into a socialist/marxist ‘utopia’.

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  7. joeureneckComment by joeureneck
    February 18, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

    Jane Doe Inc., a major recipient of VAWA funds, each year holds its ‘White Ribbon Campaign’ to bash men and boys. Please sign this petition to the event sponsors:

    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/Jane-Doe-Stop-Demonizing-Men-and-Boys/

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