The hidden half of domestic violence
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Joe Biden Issue Position: Women
"What I'm most proud of in my entire career is the Violence Against
Women Act. It showed we can change people's lives, but the change is
always one person at a time. There are many more laws and attitudes
that need changing so women are treated with equal opportunities at
work, in the classroom, and in our health care system." Senator
HELPING WOMEN TAKE CHARGE (1)
Ending Violence Against Women: Senator Biden wrote the ground-
breaking Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in the 1990s that set the
national agenda on criminalizing violence against women (1a) and holding
batterers truly accountable. It encouraged states to set up
coordinated community responses to domestic violence and rape; was
the catalyst for passage of hundreds of state laws prohibiting
family violence; and provided resources to set up shelters so
battered women abused by husbands and boyfriends had a place to go.
The law also established the national hotline that over 1.5 million
abused women have called for help. By empowering women to make
changes in their lives, and by training police and prosecutors to
arrest and convict abusive husbands instead of telling them to take
a walk around the block, domestic violence is down 50 percent and
rape is down 60 percent nationwide. But sadly more work remains. In
2007, the Senator introduced the National Domestic Violence
Volunteer Attorney Network Act, an innovative initiative that would
recruit volunteer lawyers and match them with domestic violence
Fairness in the Workplace: Throughout his career Senator Biden has
supported efforts to level the playing field for women at work
whether it is through legislation punishing sexual harassment or
deterring pay inequity. (2) Today, with women still earning 77
cents for every dollar a man makes doing the same work, the Senator
is a strong supporter of the Paycheck Fairness Act and the Fair Pay
Restoration Act. This legislation helps prevent pay discrimination
by strengthening penalties should it occur and fixing a Supreme
Court decision that makes it more difficult for women to bring pay
discrimination cases. Senator Biden also supported increasing the
federal minimum wage to $7.25 an hour from $5.15, where it had been
stuck for 10 years. This gave more than 7 million women a pay raise
Balancing Work and Family: As a father who parented small children
on his own, Senator Biden knows first-hand the problems of balancing
work and family. He recognizes that it can be especially challenging
for women, who often make the health-care decisions, take the kids
or elderly parents to see the doctor, or stay at home when someone
is sick. Senator Biden was a strong supporter of the Family and
Medical Leave Act that has given 50 million workers up to 12 weeks
of unpaid leave to look out for a sick family member. Knowing there
are many more workers who cannot afford unpaid leave, he is co-
sponsoring the Healthy Families Act, which would require employers
with 15 or more workers to provide seven paid sick days to care for
their own or their families medical needs.
Attracting More Teachers and Nurses: About seven million women serve
in two professions ; teaching and nursing; and both are facing
shortages. (3) We lose 250,000 teachers every year, half are leaving
within five years of entering the profession. The Senator would
provide mentoring to all beginning teachers, and give those who
commit to teaching in high-needs schools scholarships to defray
their college costs. He believes reducing class size and paying
teachers more; as they do in many countries; are steps America
should be taking. Senator Biden also was an early supporter of the
Nurse Reinvestment Act, to provide scholarships for nursing
students, and promote public information programs to encourage
people to enter the nursing profession.
Creating Opportunities for Girls In Sports: Today 150,000 women
participate in intercollegiate sports teams, thanks to Title IX,
which guarantees that women have equal opportunities in college
athletics. Senator Biden has been a strong defender of recent
efforts to chip away at Title IX protections, and remains committed
to fairness on the sports field.
Ending the War In Iraq: Today 11,000 women are serving in Iraq, and
Senator Biden has a plan to honorably bring home the troops, without
leaving chaos behind. He wants to bring most forces home by 2008.
Judging the Judges: Senator Biden has been a major voice of
opposition to the Reagan and two Bush Administration's attempts to
pack the federal courts with judges committed to a narrow view of
the Constitution that denies women equal protection under the law.
MOMS AND KIDS COME FIRST (5)
Helping New Moms: Senator Biden knows raising healthy and happy
children takes help. He wants to make two years of pre-school
available to all parents. Currently, 900,000 students are served by
Head Start, and he would double that to 2 million; currently, 60,000
toddlers are served by Early Head Start, and he would quadruple that
to nearly a quarter of a million. He has advocated for more
resources for the Women, Infants, and Children program that provides
food, nutrition counseling, and access to health services to
pregnant women, new mothers, and their infants. (6)
Stopping Deadbeat Dads: (7) For two decades, Senator Biden has
fought to crack-down on deadbeat dads. The federal government cannot
ensure that children have a father at home, but it can help ensure
those children have their father's financial support. (8)
As Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, he helped steer two major
child support initiatives into law; one, makes it a federal crime
to cross state lines to avoid paying child support; the other
ensures state courts honor the child support order of other states.
Helping Parents Keep Their Kids Safe: A series of laws Senator Biden
authored in the last two decades help Americas parents protect
their kids from sexual predators. In 1994, he required every state
to establish a registry for convicted sexual offenders; in 1996, he
helped create the national registry of sexual predators, so these
criminals could not move from state to state to avoid being tracked.
In 2003, he authored the Victims of Child Abuse Act, increasing
funding for Child Advocacy Centers. And in 2006, he authored the
Adam Walsh Act, which establishes registration requirements to
ensure convicted sex offenders cant slip through the cracks and
harm our children.
PROTECTING WOMENS HEALTH (9)
Fighting Breast Cancer: Senator Biden has been a leader in efforts
to detect, treat, and prevent breast cancer that afflicts more than
200,000 women every year. This has included:
* Helping to enact and continue breast and cervical cancer
prevention programs to ensure mammograms are available to low-income
women and those without health insurance and then expanding the
program beyond screening to one that also offers reliable treatment.
* Originating legislation passed in the Senate each year since 1993
recognizing National Mammography Day every October to encourage
women to have mammograms.
* Supporting authorization of a special postage stamp to raise
additional money for breast cancer research.
* Sponsoring legislation to expand Medicare to include coverage of
* Fighting to guarantee insurance companies do not deprive breast
cancer survivors of reconstructive surgery.
Protecting Roe v. Wade: Senator Biden supports the Supreme Courts
decision in Roe v. Wade that protects a woman's right to choose.
Believing family planning could help prevent many unwanted
pregnancies, Senator Biden has consistently supported Title X the
nations family planning program - that provides information,
services, support, and research for family planning.
(1) Are we not told that if a man "takes charge" he is an abuser?
(1 a) Assault has always been a crime. Biden's law (VAWA) by it's very title indicates that only violence to women is a crime.
(2) Many including the
Independent Women's Forum have proven that
the pay gap is a myth. More recently it has been shown that if there
is a pay gap, it is in women's favor. For never married men and
women, the women earns more money then the man
(3) There are no programs to bring more men into these fields
while there are many affirmative action programs to bring women into
fields held by men
(4) In short, Biden has a problem with judges that will not
legislate from the bench but will instead follow Constitution law
(5) Notice that moms come first, Dads are not even in the
picture. Should not families be valued? Families include a
father, mother and children?
(6) fathers are left out of the picture. Of course, there is a
reason, many have been pushed out of their homes by Biden's VAWA
(7) Ah at last, some honesty. He wants to go after dead beat DADS,
NOT dead beat parents. In reality, there are fewer dead beat dads
then dead beat moms if we look at percentage.
(8) Notice the concern is a father's wallet, not his being in the
home. Actually Biden is responsible for the act that has destroyed
more homes then any other, the VAWA which has pushed fathers out of
their homes and away from a relationship with their children often
through no fault of his own.
(9) There is no health care gap for women and there never was on
according to the National Institution of Health.
I-VAWA: Globalizing a Failed Social Policy
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I-VAWA: Bigotry and Contempt at Taxpayer Expense – Carey Roberts
Massive Human Rights Violations in the Name of Stopping Abuse – Carey Roberts
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JUNE is Domestic Violence Against Men Awareness Month