Tuesday, May 02, 2023

VAWA is not protecting women

Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act of 2022 (VAWA 2022) "is a federal law originally enacted in 1994 that today protects individuals who are survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. It includes protections for survivors who are applying for or residing in covered housing programs."

Passed in 1994 with bi-partisan support, it is now a paper tiger as far as I can see, and just duplicates other laws about violence. It gets hoop-la in the media when it's renewed because of its name. Women/woman terms are no longer used. Over time in the reauthorizations, same sex couple violence and transgender violence and elder abuse and child abuse were added. The terms are now victim, survivor, person, spouse, partner and member of household. Some changes also were made in wording so that illegal immigrants had protection, services, and grants to non-profits. It's now just one more government give away to pay salaries of state and local bureaucrats and to keep the lights on at the non-profit skimmers. 

With the current renewal (signed by Biden) VAWA 2022 certainly does nothing to keep women safe from men in their locker rooms or from theft of their prizes in athletic competition. Someone should rename locker rooms  as "housing."

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