I have to preface this with my support of victims of domestic violence, REGARDLESS of gender and this post is not intended to beÂ misogynisticÂ in any way.
The title alone begs the question of this legislation being gender based.
What is in this bill that is for women only? Why isn’t the title and wording moreÂ uni-sexual? Anti-Domestic Violence Act perhaps? Is the bill title to try to be something to brag about for women voters? “hey look what we passed, we actually give a shit!”
I would be interested in the response from any legislator when asked: “How will this help my brother, who is being abused by his wife?” I would also like to know how many resources that are in a city the size of Portland Oregon to help men that are being abuse today, then after the signing of this act into law.
Are there any centers for battered men? The answer is yes, but there are not many of them. Yes the numbers of abused women are staggering. some one and a half million women, but 830,000 men are domestic violence victims as well.
Concerned Women for America was noted as to have called it a boondoggle and created “an ideology that all men are guilty and all women are victims.”
Do we need more laws on the books for this, or do we have sufficient legislation in place? Does it just need to be enforced more, or correctly?
There were concerns by Sen Rubio over potential Constitutional issues having tribal courts prosecuting non-indians on indian lands. (If my white ass is arrested on tribal land, am I supposed to ask to speak with an ambassador?)
There are sections that specify women, but not men such as:
“. . .designed to assist Indian womenÂ and the dependents of those women who areÂ victims of domestic violence, dating violence,Â sexual assault, and stalking;. . .”
or we can look to section (45):
â€˜(45) RAPE CRISIS CENTER- The term â€˜rape crisis centerâ€™ means–
â€˜(A) a nonprofit, nongovernmental, or tribal organization that provides intervention and related assistance, as specified in section 41601(b)(2)(C), to victims of sexual assault without regard to the age of the victims; or
â€˜(B) a governmental entity that–
â€˜(i) is located in a State other than a Territory;
â€˜(ii) provides intervention and related assistance, as specified in section 41601(b)(2)(C), to victims of sexual assault without regard to the age of the victims;
â€˜(iii) is not a law enforcement agency or other entity that is part of the criminal justice system; and
â€˜(iv) offers a level of confidentiality to victims that is comparable to a nonprofit entity that provides similar victim services.
Did you see any mention of not discriminating based on gender? I only saw age…
I did find a pair of sections that seem toÂ alleviateÂ my concerns:
â€˜(A) NONDISCRIMINATION- No person in any State shall on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, or disability be denied the assistance of, or excluded from receiving services from, a grantee under any program or activity funded in whole or in part with funds made available under the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (title IV of Public Law 103-322; 108 Stat. 1902), the Violence Against Women Act of 2000 (division B of Public Law 106-386; 114 Stat. 1491), the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 (title IX of Public Law 109-162; 119 Stat. 3080), the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2012, or any other program or activity funded in whole or in part with funds appropriated for grants, cooperative agreements, and other assistance administered by the Office on Violence Against Women.
â€˜(B) REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION- Nothing in this paragraph shall prevent consideration of an individualâ€™s gender for purposes of a program or activity described in subparagraph (A) if the grantee involved determines that gender segregation or gender-specific programming is necessary to the essential operation of such program or activity. In such a case, alternative reasonable accommodations are sufficient to meet the requirements of this paragraph.
I have not read every word, because I have not found a true full text form. The “full text” form gives direction to insert, strike, or edit the original text. Â With what I have read, Â I don’t see much of a reason for it not to pass provided that it applies to all and benefits equally based on gender.