Does the U.S. need the Violence Against Women Act?

  • Women are a weaker vessle and need protected

    Women were made from man as a helper and partner. But they were also made as the weaker vessle, to be in submission of the man. As a good man, he would assign honor to the woman because she was made as his helper. Unfortunitely, some men abuse their headship and treat women badly. Although they will get what is coming to them from God, some temporary assistance from earthly man is a need so that there will be less victims and less Godly judgement on those who abuse women. God does not want anyone to be hurt, so protection is needed.

  • Yes, The US needs the Violence Against Women Act.

    Even more so, the changes made this year to include more abused individuals was a great advancement in this area. It's insane to me as to why it took until 1994 to develop such an act to protect women in our nation. It seems to me as something that should be in the constitution. If only that wasn't written during a time of slavery and female oppression.

  • It's sad that it does, but yes, very much so.

    Even in this new century there are still men in this country who believe women are another kind of livestock, to be treated as poorly as it suits them. Frighteningly, some of these men seem to hold positions of great power in the government. Without protection under the law, there is very little an abused woman can do to protect herself from an attacker or to stop further abuse that doesn't also become illegal.

  • Of course it does.

    This Act was designed specifically for those who could not protect themselves and to bring justice to those who savagely abuse their wife or girlfriend. The act does need to be revised though considering same sex marriage is something that will be matierialzing soon. Without this act men would be able to get off on situations like this without the punishment they deserve.

  • Women are already protected

    Women need to stop making non exsistant issues. Yes domestic violence does happen but it's not as if society condones it or accepts it. If a woman is being abusedshe has plenty of resources to stop it. The police will assert the man no questions asked. There are shelters as well.

  • No, women are the instigators of domestic violence more than men and are half as likely to be assaulted/sexually assaulted by someone than a man!!!

    Men die more often from unnatural causes than women

    Men are:

    76% of homicide victims – DOJ

    80% of Suicide victims – CDC

    Men are the overwhelming majority of rape victims

    Male rape has been called “The most closely guarded secret of American prisons.” (Weiss and Friar 1974)

    There are estimated to be over 300,000 male rapes per year in American prisons and jails.

    According to the 2009 United States National Crime Victimization Survey estimates, only 55% of rapes and sexual assaults were reported to law enforcement officials. When a male is raped, less than 10% are believed to be reported. Female-male and female-female rape are ignored altogether in this survey.

    Among inmates reporting staff sexual misconduct, ~ 65% reported a female aggressor. From: Sexual Victimization in Prisons and Jails Reported by Inmates, 2008-09.

    50% of homeless youth reported being sexually abused by a female. From: It’s Not What You Think: Sexually Exploited Youth in British Columbia

    There is blatant anti-male discrimination in the criminal justice system and the sentencing disparity between men and women exceeds that between whites and any other minority.

    As we saw in the Duke Lacrosse rape case fiasco, false accusers are rarely prosecuted and when they are it is only as a misdemeanor (at most), while rape itself is vigorously prosecuted as a felony. The Duke false accuser, Crystal Gayle Mangum went on to commit assault, arson and finally murder before authorities made a good faith intervention.

    In another study the CDC lists male victims of domestic violence at more than 34%, but men injured in Iraq (and all other men) are by law in California excluded from domestic violence shelter services. Only one shelter in Lancaster, CA accepts men and it has been extensively harassed for doing so.


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