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Women and Violence

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Here is a newspaper story we should pay attention to:

“In an early test of the GOP response to the 2012 elections, Congress is struggling to reach consensus on the Violence Against Women Act after reauthorization of the 1994 law became embroiled in partisan politics last year.

The law, which expired in 2011, provided grants to state and local governments for services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including housing, legal assistance and law enforcement training.”

Now let’s see why any of this should be controversial.

It provides housing for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

In years past, I help organize bicycle rides to benefit Martha’s House in Okeechobee, FL. They provided housing for women and their children who were fleeing domestic violence. Martha’s house was full of women and children. Can you imagine a circumstance where you and your children would share a room with another woman and her children? That is simple despiration. You would only do it if you were fleeing physical abuse you thought would endanger you or your children and you had no money at all.

I say again, Martha’s House was full. I was there. I saw it.

And why would they need legal assistance? Perhaps to keep the men who have battered them away via court order?

And why would law enforcement training be in the bill?

In 2007, about 1 in 8 local police officers were women, compared to 1 in 13 in 1987. Guess who would recognize violence against women?

In other words, we are getting better, but still 7 out of 8 are still men who may or may not be trained to recognize violence against women.

In the context of the social security net we have built, women and children shouldn’t be the bottom rung.

The story went on to say that Marco Rubio voted against it. Why am I not surprised?

If you have a doubt about where you stand on issues like this, go out and visit your local Martha’s House. I’ll bet it is full of women and children who have no where else to go. If you can find one.

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Written by Charles Keefer

February 8, 2013 at 9:58 pm

Posted in Blog

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  1. Call when you can 719-487-8896

    MB

    March 8, 2013 at 6:33 pm


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