What can one say when once again, those most deserving of a community's assistance, protection, and justice
are treated with such ___________.
I got no wrds.
Wendy Murphy has words: "America’s shameful un-equal protection clause" HERE
and HERE: "Punishing abusers key to protecting women: ...
Please watch the academy-award winning documentary, Defending Our Lives.
Christian Science Monitor story "Why Topeka, Kan., repealed its ban on domestic violence" HERE
Domestic Violence Information: KSU Women's Center page HERE
who died: October Memorial HERE
The perpetrators: HERE
The fact is, those who batter their partners or their children are not given a consequence which deters them.
writes, "...Even if education and cultural re-training might help some day, while we’re waiting around for our species to evolve, we need to give all endangered women a 45 caliber equalizer and we need to ramp up the punishment of batterers so that beating a woman isn’t sentenced on par with spitting on the sidewalk.
But if fear of becoming a monster in prison, and respect for women isn’t enough to deter a man from beating his wife, he’s already toxic – and putting him behind bars will prevent him from infecting innocent others with his poison. Punishment isn’t the only way to stop violence, but it is a legitimate and effective feature of our legal system. Lots of research shows how states that send a higher percentage of criminals to prison have lower rates of crime, even after controlling for all of things like poverty and urbanization.
But incarceration is a dirty word in the lexicon of some liberals who claim that locking people up gives the government dangerous amounts of power and threatens the freedom of the individual.
The freedom of FEMALE individuals is actually greatly enhanced when criminals who target women for violence are incapacitated.
But our legal system doesn’t care. And despite decades of disastrous statistics, our political leaders don’t care, either. In fact, nobody in a position of leadership is even complaining about the lack of justice for victimized women.
Earlier this month, there was a big to-do in D.C. about women’s issues in the Obama Administration. Lynn Rosenthal, whose responsibility it is to deal with violence against women on behalf of the president, gave a lovely talk about all sorts of things, but never once mentioned the profound failure of law to redress domestic violence or the desperate need for tougher punishments for batterers. Deval Patrick and his administration have been equally impotent.
Wendy Murphy is a leading victims rights advocate and nationally recognized television legal analyst. She is an adjunct professor at New England Law in Boston. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sadness. I know you may be tired of this issue, i certainly am. How long before we no longer tolerate this?!
It is to me a thing most curious, that within our species,
among our own families,
power, strength, should be used to hurt..
Relational violence is mind-bending,
as this Power to Hurt and Control others is used to temporarily take the edge off of feelings of inferiority.
What a loss;
how sad for us, that our culture has so many who will hurt those not only of their own species, but their very mates, their children....
Our own real stories and stats HERE
While you SCREAM at your woman, there’s someone wishing to whisper softly in her ear… While you HUMILIATE, OFFEND and INSULT her, there’s someone wanting to please her and remind her how wonderful she is. While you HURT your woman, there’s someone wanting to love her. While you make your woman CRY there’s someone wanting to make her smile…