Report: Domestic Violence Has Been Falling for Last 20 Years, Survivor Support Lags

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Report: Domestic Violence Has Been Falling for Last 20 Years, Survivor Support Lags (Credit: Wikipedia)

The Bureau of Justice Statistics released a new analysis of domestic violence from 2003 to 2012 and found that the rates have fallen and has remained low.

Despite the recession, which early reports indicated would drive a rise in domestic violence incidents as families struggled financially, it did not have much of an effect at all.

“Serious violent victimization,” which includes rape, sexual assault, robbery and aggravated assaults, spiked in 2006, but serious domestic violence incidents did not.

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Bureau of Justice Statistics: Domestic Violence Has Fallen for Last 20 Years (Chart Credit: BJS)

Domestic violence advocates aren’t too thrilled about the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ findings. They see a growing problem — a persistent gap in support for domestic violence survivors. Despite those rosy numbers from BJS, much more should be done for the survivors.

While the government started giving funds to law enforcement outreach and support for survivors through the Violence Against Women Act, as well as other programs, public awareness has led to victims being less likely to seek out support services.

Monica McLaughlin of the National Network to End Domestic Violence said, “As police response improves, as prosecution and court response improves, as medical response improves, referrals to domestic violence programs go up.”

She said the recession has had an impact on how many survivors seek help from the various services available to them. McLaughlin said “poverty is a co-conspirator of an abuser.” She added that federal funding for shelters and other services has remained flat throughout the recession and the result is a gap between requests for services and the ability to provide them.

 Report: Domestic Violence Has Been Falling for Last 20 Years, Survivor Support Lags

Mike Huckabee: Men Like to Hunt Together, Women Like to Go to Bathroom Together

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Mike Huckabee: Men Like to Hunt Together, Women Like to Go to Bathroom Together

I am convinced that some Republicans just can’t help themselves when it comes to women-bashing and to their detriment. Former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is quoted by Kathie Obradovich, a political columnist at The Des Moines Register saying that “men like to hunt and fish together, women like to use the bathroom together.” Huckabee reportedly made the comments at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition fundraiser in Waukee.

He claimed he’s “not homophobic but one-man/one-woman marriage is being “on the right side of the Bible.”

 Mike Huckabee: Men Like to Hunt Together, Women Like to Go to Bathroom Together

New Texas Voter Identification Laws Could Suppress Women’s Votes

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Texas New Voter Identification Laws Could Suppress Women’s Votes (Photo credit: Library of Congress)

More voter suppression: New Texas voter identification laws could be really meant to suppress women’s votes. The law states that a person’s identification must match the current name. That means women who take their husband’s name will be required to get additional documentation before they can vote.

As Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has repeatedly said, “Almost every single person either has a valid photo ID … or it is very easy to get one.” What they don’t say, however, is that the people who don’t are largely married women who have taken their husband’s name.

In fact, only 66% of women have an ID that reflects their current name. If any voter is using name different than what appears on their birth certificate, the voter is required to show proof of name change by providing an original or certified copy of their marriage license, divorce decree, or court ordered name change. Photocopies aren’t accepted. Source: Policy Mic

Now that Texas is changing to purple and possibly blue, the Republicans will try their darnedest to keep it red. It’s clear that diversity isn’t on their side, but they will cheat to keep winning.

Fox News Contributor Erick Erickson Calls Wendy Davis ‘Abortion Barbie’

 Fox News Contributor Erick Erickson Calls Wendy Davis Abortion Barbie

Fox News Contributor Erick Erickson Calls Wendy Davis ‘Abortion Barbie’


Fox News contributor Erick Erickson calls Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis ‘abortion Barbie’ after The Weekly Standard attacked her for not responding to a question that linked legal abortion to the crimes of doctor Kermit Gosnell, Media Matters reports.

Texas Abortion Bill Dead After State Sen. Wendy Davis 11-Hour Filibuster

#IStandwithWendy: The Texas anti-abortion bill which prompted an 11-hour filibuster by state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) is dead, the The Austin American-Statesman reported. The bill threatened to close nearly all of the abortion clinics in Texas. Thanks to Wendy Davis, the official vote was time-stamped at 12:03 a.m.

Lawmakers had to vote on Senate Bill 5 before the special session’s end at 12 a.m. local time. However, more than 400 protesters halted the proceedings 15 minutes before the roll call could be completed with what they called “a people’s filibuster,”The Associated Press reported.

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Although some Republican lawmakers later claimed the bill had passed in time, Democrats denied that the vote was completed before the clock ran out on the session.

A time stamp showing the vote completed after midnight was the deciding factor. “This will not become law,” Sen. John Whitmire (D), told The Austin American-Statesman.

In response, the crowd of protesters gathered in the capitol cheered and began singing “The Eyes Of Texas,” the alma mater of the University of Texas at Austin. Source:  Huffington Post

The Republicans are on a mission to take away our rights. The fight isn’t over by any means. That includes the Supreme Court ruling on the Voting Rights Act of 1965.



MS Gov. Phil Bryant Blames America’s Educational Troubles on Moms Working

The Republican attack on women as breadwinners continues with Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) saying that America’s educational troubles started when women began working outside the home in large numbers, the Washington Post reports.

Gov. Bryant, responded to a question about how America became ‘so mediocre’ in regard to educational outcomes, saying, “I think both parents started working. The mom got in the work place.”

“Bryant immediately recognized how controversial his remark would be and said he knew  he would start to get e-mails. He then expanded on his answer, saying that “both parents are so pressured” in families today. He also noted that America seemed to be losing ground internationally in regards to educational outcomes because other nations began to invest more in their own school systems and make progress.”

Fox News’ Erick Erickson Says Men Should Dominate Women, Anti-Science to Believe Otherwise

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Fox News Pundit Erick Erickson Says Men Should Dominate Women, Anti-Science to Believe Otherwise. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With Rep. Michele Bachmann’s announcement that she won’t seek reelection in 2014, we shouldn’t be gung-ho that one nut has left the national political stage. There are more Haterade drinking conservative wingnuts left. Take Fox News Erick Erickson, for example, with his recent assertion that liberals who reject that men should dominate women are anti-science and the female role in a relationship is ‘complimentary.’ The word that eluded him was ‘complementary,’ by why bother letting him in on that?

Erick Erickson, who runs RedState, says nature itself commanded that women be subservient to men. Um, sounds a lot like the sh*t emanating from the lips of Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock, who was shellacked in their respective elections last November.

“I’m so used to liberals telling conservatives that they’re anti-science,” Erickson explained. “But liberals who defend this and say it is not a bad thing are very anti-science. When you look at biology, when you look at the natural world, the roles of a male and a female in society and in other animals, the male typically is the dominant role. The female, it’s not antithesis, or it’s not competing, it’s a complimentary role.”

“We as people in a smart society have lost the ability to have complimentary relationships in nuclear families, and it is tearing us apart,” he continued, adding that “reality showed” it was harmful for women to be the primary source of income in a family.  Source: Raw Story

Some Republican males want to keep women in the dark ages when they couldn’t vote and were second class citizens. This is proof that the party is tone-deaf and has no desire to change. They think blacks, women, Hispanics, Asians and the gay community should vote for their candidates and are welcome in the party, though they continue to insult and denigrate each group.

 Fox News Erick Erickson Says Men Should Dominate Women, Anti Science to Believe Otherwise

Uganda Ethics Minister Simon Lokodo Proposes Bill to Arrest Women for Wearing Miniskirts, Ban Beyonce from TV

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Uganda Ethics Minister Simon Lokodo Proposes Bill to Arrest Women for Wearing Miniskirts, Ban Beyonce from TV

(HinterlandGazette) — Uganda’s government is living in the dark ages. Women living in Uganda who go out wearing miniskirts could face jail or a heavy fine under new anti-pornography laws. The legislation, if passed, will also ban television shows and films. That would also extend to entertainers such as Beyonce and Madonna.

The bill was proposed by Simon Lokodo, Uganda’s ethics and integrity minister. Lokodo said, “Any attire which exposes intimate parts of the human body, especially areas that are of erotic function, are outlawed. Anything above the knee is outlawed. If a woman wears a miniskirt, we will arrest her.”

It’s interesting to learn that Simon Lokodo was a former priest who was kicked out by the Vatican for his involvement in politics. So, it should come as no surprise he is trying to force his views on the women of Uganda. He said the bill would mean celebrities like Beyoncé and Madonna would be banned from his country’s airwaves and television should not broadcast a sexy person. Makes one wonder what skeletons are in this man’s closet. 

Lokodo said the bill was needed to protect women and children against exploitation and curb increasing immorality. You will recall dictator Idi Amin banned short skirts during his reign of terror. So, I guess Simon Lokodo is Idi Amin-lite.

The Anti-Pornography Bill 2011 proposes that any one found guilty of abetting pornography be fined heavily or face up to 10 years in prison, or both. There are some countries, some right wingnuts in the U.S., who want to keep women in a subservient position. The internet would also be monitored under this bill.

Show your support for the women of Uganda by using the hashtag #saveminiskirt.

 

NY Times Changes Sexist Obit About Rocket Scientist Yvonne Brill Cooking a ‘Mean Beef Stroganoff’

How incredibly sexist was the New York Times when its obituary for rocket scientist Yvonne Brill started out with her cooking a “mean beef stroganoff, and took eight years off from work to raise three children.” They neglected to mention in the opening statement that she was one of the first female rocket scientists in the U.S.,who developed technology still used by phone companies. Would the Grey Lady have lauded a male rocket scientist who liked to cook in the same way? Sorry, but this was sexist and they wouldn’t have changed the introduction had they believed it was otherwise after widespread outrage. Obit scribbler Douglas Martin did Ms. Brill and women everywhere a great disservice.

Yvonne Brill, who invented a propulsion system to help keep satellites from drifting out of their orbits, died last Wednesday at age 88. Her system became the industry standard for satellites and her contributions proved so valuable that President Obama honored her with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation in 2011. One would think, Douglas Martin, would mention something along those lines first, before throwing in the cooking and changing messy diapers.

Here’s the obit as it appeared Saturday evening:

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NY Times Sparked Outrage with Sexist Obit About Rocket Scientist Yvonne Brill Leading With Her Cooking (New York Times)

 

I am sorry, but this isn’t the lede anyone expected from the New York Times, the New York Post, maybe. I suspect that an obit for a male scientist would most certainly have not opened lauding his great parenting skills. I still have to ask, why was it so important for the NY Times to remind everyone that Yvonne Brill went from job to job with her husband? Would they have said that about a male scientist who went from job to job with his wife? I am sorry, but this isn’t the obituary I would expect to read for a groundbreaking rocket scientist, male or female.

NC Legislators Austin Allran, Warren Daniel Healthy Marriage Act Proposes Rigorous Divorce Regulations

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NC Legislators Austin Allran, Warren Daniel Healthy Marriage Act Proposes Rigorous Divorce Regulations

Here we go again, Republicans trying to throw their weight around and force their views on others — Sen. Austin Allran (R-Hickory), the primary sponsor of the Healthy Marriage Act, and Sen. Warren Daniel (R-Morganton), are trying to keep people in bad situations, because of their self-righteousness. The pair want to make it harder for estranged couples to get a divorce by forcing them to wait longer and go to counseling. Um, let’s see how many shoot their ‘estranged spouses’ rather than waiting. There’s a lot going on in North Carolina these days, where the Republicans are concerned. In addition to the Healthy Marriage Act proposal, they are also trying to curb early voting. Yeah, that would be voter suppression.

The Healthy Marriage Act would extend to two years the current one-year waiting period in order for a divorce to be finalized. During that time, the couple would have to complete courses on improving their communications skills and conflict resolution.

If the couple has children, they would have to take at least a four-hour class on the impact of divorce on children.

Separated couples could resume living together during the two-year waiting period, under the bill. Either the husband or the wife would have to have lived in North Carolina for six months before filing for divorce.
It would also strike from the current law a provision that says “isolated incidents of sexual intercourse” don’t count against the one-year waiting period. It’s not clear if that means an occasional fling with your estranged partner does count against you under the proposed law. Source

I guess they didn’t hear about retired trooper Mark Miscavish gunning down his estranged wife, Tracie Miscavish, at a County Market supermarket in Philipsburg, Pa., days after she filed for divorce.  He was charged with assault after beating his wife in an earlier incident. So, had this law being proposed by these two Republicans been in place in Philipsburg, Tracie Miscavish would have been dead the moment she mentioned the word divorce.

Once again, Republicans are trying to run the lives of women in this country through this ridiculous piece of legislation, the Healthy Marriage Act. Like Ohio State Sen. Nina Turner says to the GOP, “get out of my panties.”  The sanctity of marriage, in their view, is more important than a woman or man remaining in an abusive situation that could quite possibly end in murder-suicide. It’s mindboggling that forcing a woman to stay in a failed and toxic relationship is more important than supporting gun control legislation. This is further proof that the Republican Party isn’t listening to Americans.

Just as I said, the bill doesn’t address domestic violence situations. In fact, it would force a battered wife to stay in the marriage for two more years. If that’s not a recipe for a murder-suicide, then I don’t know what else is. It’s shameful that Rep. Warren Daniel could propose such a dangerous bill when he sits on the Domestic Violence Commission.

This unhealthy bill intrudes on a very personal decision. If you’re a battered spouse, a parent of an abused child or married to an alcoholic or drug addict, a communications skills course is useless. It could be dangerous to wait two years to extricate yourself from a hopeless situation.

Daniel should know about these issues: He sits on the state Domestic Violence Commission. And his home turf of Burke County isn’t exactly the divorce capital of North Carolina: 3.8 per 1,000 people, right on the state average. Sanderson’s district includes Carteret County, which has a divorce rate of 4.2. As for Allran, he represents the happily and unhappily married couples of Alexander and Catawba counties; their divorce rates—2 and 3.4—are below the national and state average. Source

Here’s the Healthy Marriage Act:

NC Rep. Austin Allran Proposes Rigorous Divorce Regulations Via The Healthy Marriage Act Bill