Violence Against Women Act

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Shelby 1 Jessica Shelby Dr. Hadley WRA 140/ Sec 13 15 March 2010 Opposing Viewpoints: Violence Against Women Act Violence against women has always been a large issue within the society. Although abuse has always been against the law, other types of more subtle violence were not considered illegal because it was not taken as seriously. With increasing numbers of domestic violence, stalking, rap, and abuse cases in the women population, the government felt a further step was needed to be taken to help protect the initial law it goes against. Thus, the Violence Against Women Act, or VAWA, was born. This act funded more programs and gave more support to women in need of it. However, it has caused a contradiction in the public. Some may see this act to be of great help, while others feel it is not essential for the community. Stephen Baskerville claims in his article “The Violence Against Women Act is Unconstitutional” that the act is not needed, while Jill Morris explains in “The Violence Against Women Act is Necessary to Protect Women” that the act has improved women’s lives. While many feel the act is sexist, others think it can help everyone. An act that has been given a name with “women” in it may give the impression that it is only aimed toward females. In fact, Baskerville declares that women are the only people who can use this new act for their safety. He writes that the act makes it
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seem like “violence against men is permissible” (Baskerville). On the other hand, Morris states that the act funds special programs such as seminars and hotlines where victims can access help. Other programs educate students from early middle school to high school about sexual assault and how to seek help (Morris). In this sense, the act reaches out to both males and females. Unfortunately, whether or not the whole population is included is not the only problem the Violence Against Women Act creates. The Violence Against Women Act has supported many legal battles, with divorce and child custody cases being popular examples. Some feel VAWA can be used to help these cases, while others view it as an easy devise to win the judge over. Baskerville believes that court cases can lead to unfair outcomes by overusing VAWA. He proclaims that “VAWA destroys families and leaves children fatherless by providing weapons for divorce and custody battles” (Baskerville). He also goes on to explain that an author, Thomas Kiernan,
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