In the latest twist in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) saga we’ve learned today that Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R) Tennessee opposed the Violence against women act because it: “Protected too many groups” and dilutes funding for straight, non-native American US citizens and those non-citizens lawfully in the US:
“When you start to make this about other things it becomes an “against violence act” and not a targeted focus act… I didn’t like the way it was expanded to include other different groups. What you need is something that is focused specifically to help the shelters and to help out law enforcement, who is trying to work with the crimes that have been committed against women and helping them to stand up.”
What Representative Blackburn fails to understand is that domestic violence is domestic violence and it doesn’t matter what ethnic group someone belongs to or if they are LGBT or a non-citizen.
ALL women and LGBT people should be protected by this law and to worry about only a select group of people you point out yet again that you, the GOP only care about Caucasian people that you fail to understand that whether someone voted for you or not when you win an election you represent ALL people of that district, state or other municipality.
Representative Blackburn should also take notice of these sobering facts:
- 3 of 5 Native American women are abused by a partner or husband **
- Every 9 seconds a woman in the US is beaten or abused **
- Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women – more than car accidents, muggings and rapes combined. **
- Every day in the US more than 3 women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends **
- Up to 10 million children a year witness some form of domestic violence annually**
- Men who witness abuse as children are twice as likely to become abusers themselves**
If nothing else would convince Representative Blackburn of her erroneous assertions and non-support of the VAWA the last two facts I listed should be paid heed to the most because it affects our future and the ability to minimize domestic violence in the next generation and if we truly are wanting a better future for our children, ALL our children this bill should have been authorized long ago with NO opposition to it!