Though some provisions have changed, Feb. 12 marked the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Just so readers are clear, it is 2013. The fact something this sexist has just been reapproved is outrageous.
According to a British tabloid as well as some other online news sources, businessman Ian McNicholl is one of the many men who has suffered from domestic violence.
His then fiancée, Michelle Williamson, punched him in the face several times, stubbed out cigarettes on his body, lashed him with a vacuum cleaner tube, hit him with a metal bar and a hammer and even poured boiling water onto his lap.
That at 6’ he was nearly a foot taller than her made no difference.
He still has burn marks on his left shoulder from when she used steam from an iron to attack him.
Williamson is now serving a seven-year jail sentence for causing both actual and grievous bodily harm.
During the trial last year, McNicholl told the court that, during more than a year of attacks and intimidation he has lost his job, home and self-respect.
He had been too scared to go to the police and had considered suicide.
She was only arrested after two neighbors saw her punch him.
The fact of the matter is about two in five of all victims of domestic violence are men; that’s 40 percent.
These figures are equivalent to an estimate 4.5 million female victims of domestic abuse and 2.6 million male victims.
Males are victims. However the Violence Against Women Act defines victims as female. As one result, tax-funded domestic violence shelters and services assist women and routinely turn away men, often including older male children, according to Fox News.
The Violence Against Women Act does do good; it has been successful in the past. It is not overall a bad thing.
What the Violence Against Women Act does do, however, is perpetuate the sexist notion that women are the only victims.
Gender bias continues to solidify the mindset that women are helpless and men are always the enemies, when that is just not the truth.
Society has to get educated on the facts and call for a change.
Many men feel embarrassed to come out as victims of domestic abuse. Maybe if the issues were publicized that instances of female victimization things would be different. Maybe men would not sit back and suffer in silence.
Until something is done and men are treated in the arena of domestic violence, there can be no true equality.