Thursday, September 11, 2008

McCain/Palin: Perhaps Not the Best Ticket at All if You're a Woman. Or if You're Not But Still Respect Women.

I might crank out some original content again one of these days, but for now there is too much important stuff flying around I need to point out in case you missed it. Remember the teeny tiny hiccup the media managed over the former Wasilla, AK policy of charging rape victims for their rape kits? They need to clear their throats and make another small choking sound now that it's being pointed out exactly how that makes her a stellar fit for McCain's own thinking on the matter. Per the Jed Report, and please Jesus coming to an actual news outlet near you very soon:
In 1994, John McCain voted against legislation -- pushed through Congress by Joe Biden -- that helped put an end to the practice of charging rape victims for sexual assault exams.

Biden's legislation required that state, local, and Indian governments provide the rape exams to victims free of charge as a condition of receiving federal funds under the Violence Against Women Act.

McCain not only opposed Biden's legislation, but also has voted against funding it as recently as October 2007.

Neat! Maybe Walnuts should spent less energy getting worked up about non-existent insults to his running mate and more working to stop actual threats to women's well being. And maybe the Dems should pull the muzzle off Biden and let him flog his own awesome record of working to end violence against women. Heck, it might just knock lipstick stories off the front page for all of fifteen minutes or so.

3 comments:

RS said...

Women Want Safety, not Biden's Abuse of Power

Senator Joe Biden proudly proclaims that he was beaten with impunity by his older sister as a youth. This is the same sister that raised his two sons after his wife and daughter were killed in an auto accident.

Biden has often claimed that the Violence against Women Act is the greatest achievement of his career. Yet he fails to recognize the role women play as perpetrators of violence against men and children. Hundreds of studies show that women commit acts of domestic violence as often as, or more often than men. It's a well established fact that a child is more likely to be killed by the mother than by the father, a neighbor, an acquaintance, a stranger or a sex offender. Many studies also show that lesbian women physically attack their intimate partners at least as often as heterosexual men.

As a result of Biden's Violence against Women Act, the federal government pays states to create laws effectively requiring that innocent men be removed from their homes and families without even an allegation of violence, with no legitimate standards of evidence, when a woman makes a claim that she is afraid.

Elaine Epstein, president of the Massachusetts Bar Association (1999), has said "the facts have become irrelevant... restraining orders are granted to virtually all who apply. Regarding divorce cases, she states "allegations of abuse are now used for tactical advantage". According to Epstein, who is also a former president of the Massachusetts Women’s Bar Association, restraining orders are doled out "like candy" and "in virtually all cases, no notice, meaningful hearing, or impartial weighing of evidence is to be had."

State restraining order laws are starting to fall because they're unconstitutional. The federal law behind them, written by Joe Biden, is likely to fall as well, not because it isn’t popular, but because it is clearly unconstitutional.

There is a rapidly growing activist community dedicated to addressing this issue. One of the focal points of this community is the Glenn Sacks blog, www.glennsacks.com .

Supporting Documentation

Here are some of the facts regarding Biden's abuse at the hand of his sister. During senate hearings held on December 11, 1990, Biden testified to the abuse.

http://www.ifeminists.net/introduction/editorials/2006/0503roberts.html

This recent CDC study indicates that women between the ages of 18 and 28 initiate reciprocal violence against their intimate partners about as often as men. It also indicates that women initiate non-reciprocal violence against their intimate partners more than twice as often as men.

http://pn.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/full/42/15/31-a

Here is a link to a bibliography of over 200 studies indicating that women are as violent as men in their intimate relationships:

http://www.csulb.edu/~mfiebert/assault.htm

According to the US Department of Justice, women also abuse, neglect and kill their children at significantly higher rates than men. Here’s some of the data on child homicides.

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/pubs/cm04/figure4_2.htm

Research clearly indicates that lesbian battery is at least as common as heterosexual battery.

http://www.glennsacks.com/domestic_violence_a_2.htm

http://www.musc.edu/vawprevention/lesbianrx/factsheet.shtml

http://lesbianlife.about.com/od/lesbianhealth/a/DVFactsMyths.htm

Cathy Young reports on the Elaine Epstein quote and the broader issue at Salon.com here:

http://www.salon.com/mwt/feature/1999/10/25/restraining_orders/

and provides in depth analysis here:

http://www.iwf.org/files/50c58dda09f16c86b2c652aa047944f6.pdf

RS said...

NJ DV Law Overturned Amid Epidemic of False Allegations

New Jersey's domestic violence statute has recently been found unconstitutional. The New Jersey Attorney General is taking this case to the state's Supreme Court.

The New Jersey Law Journal reports that Judge Richard Russell of Ocean City made the following remarks on tape during a judicial training session regarding the issuance of restraining orders.

source: http://www.fathersandhusbands.org/NJ_Rights_1.pdf


“If I had one message to give you today, it is that your job is not to weigh the parties’ rights as you might be inclined to do as having been private practitioners. 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.’ “

A new municipal judge attending the training session stated “The statute says we should apply just cause in issuing the order.” “You seem to be saying to grant every order.” Russell quickly replied, “Yeah, that’s what I seem to be saying.”

The article is full of comments from Russell and his colleagues that are equally inflammatory.

Perhaps you think Russell should have been disbarred for instructing judges to ignore the constitution. In doing so, he violated his greatest responsibility as a judge in the most blatant way possible. Perhaps you think he should have gone to prison.

Russell now serves on the New Jersey Supreme Court's State Domestic Violence Working Group, the Executive Committee of the State Bar's Family Law Section, and the New Jersey Supreme Court's Family Practice Committee. He currently is the chair of the court's Child Support Subcommittee.

Given a recent ruling declaring New Jersey’s domestic violence statute unconstitutional and given the imminent Supreme Court challenge, the truth regarding the real practices that are being used to separate men from their children and their homes must be heard.

Boltgirl said...

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