The Truth About VAWA
Violence Against Women Act
"Because the principal Effect which we can desire or expect of the Action, is the Conversion . . . of the people in those Parts unto the true Worship of God and Christian Religion."
VIRGINIA CHARTER, 1609
Copyright ï¿½ 1999 by The Fathers' Manifesto
Those responsible for drafting, inventing the "factoids" to justify, and implementing this unprovoked and unprecedented federal attack on the sanctity of the American family should be tracked down and punished like the vicious animals they are. They are a more serious threat to national security than Hitler or Hussein. The loss of life, liberty, and property attributable directly these unconscionable actions exceeds tens of thousands of lives and billions of dollars. Every shred of available data refutes any notion that this law has saved one life, prevented one act of domestic violence, or protected one woman.
An American wife is the safest woman on planet Earth. Despite philandering by a Commander in Chief who sends men into harms way, there is no credible threat to any American woman from any foreign enemy.
The American woman who marries almost doubles her standard of living and cuts her likelihood of being assaulted by three quarters. Conversely, a woman who cohabits or a married woman who divorces [read: women who do not derive the benefits of marriage] experiences a similar drop in her living standard and increase her and her childrens risk of violence by up to 33 times.
An American woman is one fourth as likely to be murdered or commit suicide as a man, one twelfth as likely to die on the job, http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/1998/sep/wk5/art03.htm and has a life expectancy five years longer. Even if such minor acts as "pushing and shoving" are included to inflate incidents of "domestic violence" by a factor of three, numerous studies show that nineteen out of twenty American wives are never subjected to domestic violence. And when domestic violence does occur that leads to injury, it is the woman who initiates the majority of it.
Table No. 340 of the 1998 Statistical Abstract of the United States, states that 3,631 females were murdered in the United States in 1996. Using 3,631 as a baseline, from Table No. 1 of the report "Murder in Families" (Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report #NCJ143498), 5.5% or 199 were wives murdered by husbands, 2.7% or 98 were mothers murdered by children, 1.6% or 58 were daughters murdered by parents, 1.3% were girls murdered by siblings, and 2.3% or 84 were girls murdered by "other". Of the remaining 86.6% or 3,144 females who were murdered by non-family members, 107 were children, leaving 3,077 women murdered by non-family members. Thus, fifteen times as many women are murdered by non-family members as wives are murdered by husbands. Clearly, the safest place a woman can be is in her home with the biological father of her children.
Per National Vital Statistics Report, Vol. 47, No. 9, November 10, 1998, compared to wives who are murdered by their husbands:
Relative to wives who were murdered by husbands, mothers murdered 7 times as many children, 17 times as many women were murdered by those other than husbands, 66 times as many men were murdered, 7 times as many men were murdered by women, 29 times as many women comitted suicide, 134 times as many men comitted suicide, non-marriage killed 1,357 as many women, auto accidents claimed 211 times as many total lives and 67 times as many women's lives, the additional lives lost solely to women drivers exceeded it by 32 times, and cancer claimed 2,711 times as many total lives and 1,876 times as many women's lives. At a loss to society of $1 million per life for the 199 wives who were murdered, the extra economic cost of imprisoning the children of SMHs exceeded the loss to domestic violence by 1,568 times, the cost of repairing auto accidents exceeded it by 1,005 times, the cost of repairing the accidents due only to women drivers exceeded it by 152 times, and the extra money spent attempting to educate women in just one year exceeded it by 1,281 times.
Altogether, these factors alone cost 4,923 times as many lives and 4,003 times as many dollars as the annual loss to domestic violence.
By whatever standard is applied, marriage is a safe haven for American women. Based on mortality statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and eleven credible scholarly studies of the lower mortality rates of both married men and women, if the 31 million divorced or never married women over age 18 had the same average overall mortality rate as married women, 62 thousand fewer per year would die prematurely, compared to 199 married women killed by their husbands, a factor of 315. Similarly, 11,000 fewer of the 11 million widows would die each year. Had VAWA been a program to encourage men and women to marry and to enhance marital stability, rather than to destroy families, an estimated 74 thousand fewer women and 437 thousand fewer men would die prematurely each year.
Not only is the federal government incapable of reducing the number of wives murdered by husbands from 199 to even, say, 198; not only is such social engineering far beyond the scope of their Constitutional authority; not only is it totally sexist to even propose to exclude the majority of the victims of violent crime, i.e., men, from such benefits; but this legislation removes from families, churches, and local communities the ability to deal with such problems in a more humane, less socially destructive manner.
Social pathology cannot be resolved by focusing only on murder when murder is only 0.7% of all deaths. It cannot be resolved by focusing only on females when females are only a quarter of murder victims. It cannot be resolved by focusing only on domestic violence against women by husbands when they account for only 1.3% of all murder victims and less than 25% of all intimate violence. It cannot be resolved by ignoring the 12,000 men who are murdered each year, the 2.3 million men and women who die from other causes besides murder, the 511,000 men and women who could have been saved with proper action from Congress, e.g., funding research to find the underlying causes and possible cures. Yet VAWA makes each one of these impossible assumptions. And we the people are supposed to accept that Congress did this for the sole purpose of giving feminists the opportunity to place blame on men.
What VAWA's madness does to our nation's children is even more depressing. NIS-3 shows that a married womans children are one tenth as likely to be physically abused; one twentieth as likely to be fatally abused, sexually abused, seriously abused, moderately abused, or emotionally abused; one thirtieth as likely to be emotionally neglected; and one fiftieth as likely to be educationally neglected, than children of single or divorced mothers. Table 6-4 shows that 1,170 of the 1,500 children murdered in the US were murdered by women, and only 30 by biological fathers. VAWA takes children from biological fathers who are one fiftieth as likely to harm a child and places them with women who murder five times as many children as men--making those fathers objects of hate in the process.
To assert that a member of Congress does not know these simple facts, collected at great expense to the taxpayer and testified to by "the finest judicial system in the world," would be tantamount to claiming that a member of Congress is a fool. Fools dont get elected to Congress. Fools run for office and fail. Our electoral process doesnt allow fools to become Senators or Representatives of we the people. Congress knows these facts better than we the people know them.
They know better than us that VAWA does not, and cannot, reduce domestic violence. Congress is almost exclusively lawyers, and many of these lawyers are precisely those who witnessed firsthand the dynamics of the conflicts between husband and wife caused by such legislation. Most of them understand precisely how and why such a law can do nothing but undermine family stability. They understand exactly how interference by courts in private family matters, and such State-supported denigration of men, fattens fellow lawyers wallets, justifies new prisons, and counselors and psychiatrists. They know exactly why all of them preach the feminist gospel, and how this legislation creates ever more single-mother households, and why children raised by single-mothers are most likely to need government services, and how this grows government at the expense of Americas personal savings accounts. They are more aware than the average citizen that the incessant media barrage of promises to wives to "rescue them from violent men" emboldens many women to initiate all manner of domestic violence exactly the opposite of what its authors pretend it is designed to do. They are fully aware that the theory that men are more violent than women is disputed by every independent scholarly study of both men and women. Such studies report exactly the opposite of the VAWA premise that is women are more violent in relationships than men. Congress knows that VAWA never will reduce domestic violence, and that it was never intended to.
Congress has better access to the facts than the general public, so each Congressman understands intimately that VAWA is based purely on fiction and mass hysteria. Many of them might well believe that this mass hysteria was initiated by government itself. They know better than their constituents that the notion the federal government can solve the problem of "domestic violence" is disputed by governments well documented failure to ever solve any social problem it has undertaken, be it welfare, poverty, child abuse, education, or a host of other noble causes. They know better than the general public that the broken families caused by such legislation as VAWA causes far more harm and death to the children of divorce than the entire sum of domestic violence causes to all the parties involved.
Congress knows that the 25 million American men of marriageable age refuse to marry and take on the risk and responsibility of raising children precisely because of the draconian provisions in legislation like VAWA. They understand precisely how such legislation makes marriage a hostile environment for any man, and they know that this left 21 million potential wives and single mothers alone at the altar, quintupling our illegitimacy rate to two out of every five childbirths. They know that a father whose family is destroyed by a divorce which was encouraged and is supported by such programs is twice as likely to die of heart disease and cancer, three times as likely to die of diabetes or an accident, four times as likely to die of respiratory disease or to commit suicide or to be murdered, and five times as likely to die of cirrhosis, than he was before his children were taken from him in the name of a cause whose terms have yet to be defined.
Congress understands precisely that VAWA was fabricated from whole cloth.
They know that if there is a violence-against-anything-act, it should be a Violence Against Families Act which severely penalizes those who take, threaten to take, or attempt to take children away from their natural fathers. They should do as the Code of Hammurabi did 3,800 years ago:
This Congress is fully aware that, rather than discouraging adulteresses as any responsible law should, VAWA sends a clear message to all wives and mothers to commit adultery at will, give birth to children not genetically linked to their husbands, call the police if their husbands dare raise their voices against them for such misdeeds, and have them imprisoned if they object. It tells them that they can legally and stealthily rob husbands of castles, cash, cars, and kids if they will just share the booty with Congressmen's fellow lawyers. Such a financial incentive, one that gives a woman a mans entire lifes work with one 911 call, which promises her a lifelong stipend worth three times as much as if she joined the labor force, would turn a nun to prostitution. It is what inspired John Bauer http://www.egroups.com/group/demand/1278.html? to write:
Consider the sheer mass hysteria created by the following statement, among many falsehoods, from the Violence Against Women Office:
You dont need to be a rocket scientist to know that one of every thirty of more than 135 million women in this country arent raped or assaulted every year, or that every one of them is not raped or assaulted within three decades, as this statement implies. A business proposal based on such an outlandish claim would be laughed out of the office in two seconds, yet the Violence Against Women Office thrives at the expense of civil liberties and taxpayer monies, demonizing men, promoting the vilest lies, and issuing propaganda that would make a Stalinist proud.
Erin Pizzey, "When Did You Last Beat Your Wife?"