Violence Against Women Act Has Expired.

In recent times while most people were worried about the Fiscal Cliff, the law named " Violence Against Women Act" , or VAWA act expired. The Republicans in the House of U.S. House of Representatives, did not let it come to an end of the year vote. So, at this point in time, women are left without any legal protection. This bill passed the Senate with 68 votes, but the Republicans in the GOP did not pass it, mostly because they objected to the amendments that would have protected women who are illegal immigrants.

Why was this bill not passed? Are illegal immigrants less then human? It passed the senate with 68 votes, but not the GOP, well the right wing GOP votes. John Boehner voted against it, and so did House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Why did they vote against it? Do they not care if women are harmed, raped, or mutilated?. The problem is, illegal immigrants are not the only ones not protected, you and I are not protected. I am not talking to men right now, but to the women reading this hub.

What this law use to be able to do was to help thousand of victims achieve safety. It helped women recover from sexual violence and receive shelter, counseling, and support. But the Republicans allowed it to expire. So, now the victims receive no support at all.

What will happen if you get raped. Nothing! At least that is what happened to the teenager boys in Springfield, Ohio who raped a young girl. She was called a whore. It was even filmed. But, nothing happened to the boys who committed this crime, nothing.

Another problem, is this law that died, was never reported. The Fiscal Cliff was reported day after day. But, did anyone here about The Violence Against Women Act ending? Did any television station report upon it? I did not see it. Please let me know it you did.

At this point in time some people are hoping to revive the Violence Against Women Law, but for now, women have no resource. They have no place to go, they have no legal protection. Where can women go to be safe? Where can they go to report violence without fear of being harmed even further?.















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Express10 profile image

Express10 3 years ago from East Coast

I only have one word for this...sad.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you Express10 That is a very good word.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

I have no answer for your question, Michele. I simply do not understand the thinking of those Republicans who felt this was not worthwhile....I was going to say something snide but decided not to. :)


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thanks bill, I don't understand either.


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Michael-Milec 3 years ago

Michele, you are such an innovative writer. Once again you came up with an advanced view on the subject : Women left without any legal protection. The issue seemingly not in prime consideration of legislative body of mostly" men" left VAWA to expire .

So disgraceful even to think about : the women to have a need protection against violence !

Michele, the problem hiding behind a deficient legislation is much deeper than just blame-game of one branch of gavernement or one " opposition " party. ( anyway, they cooperate behind a public eye in making decisions) .

Everybody knows, that overwhelming number of the legislative body are men : the grandfathers, the fathers/husbands , brothers or others. They are human beings , intelligent, educated , " religious " ( honorable) and dignified. There used to be another attribute called morality, that is already changed... Under this last one a man was fulfilling his high calling, being a leader, protector, provider a role model. A person who not only rules, but guards and inspires others. The first and foremost his household , the wife and the children ( used to be the parents and in case of need a godchildren.)

The man, a crown of all creation, made for greatness , by original designation to have dominion over all creations...

Sad , very sad picture what a man/civilized made of himself : vilingly and systematically has reduced authority as originally intended, volunterally submitting to the " government " and legislating everything and anything what by choice pleases him, largely resembling material things.

While on one side a seeming protection is denied on the other side the legislation to destroy of secredness of the woman has been presented under the freedom coating . Women , mothers are in disrespectful position not even realizing that their position within social system is very hard fought for . With all the grace and God given outstanding attributes being loving mom, beautiful spouse, , elegant companion and kind home provider , a women has in her possession, deserves more, much more respect than just a symbolic " protection. "

Let's suppose that women will decide to take a self-preservation actions for themselves deciding to obliterate every offender one after another...

Michele you have my Up and interresting .


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Michael-Milec Women are suffering in every country on the face of this planet. At this point, the problem is that they do not have the power, or the resources to obliterate one offender after another. They are still trying to protect themselves and their children.

But, thank you very much for your comment, I do appreciate it very much.


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you so much for this. Korre;; on KGO radio picked up on this. He blames it on media distraction.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Mh You are so correct! The media focused mostly, at least the television stations only reported on the fiscal cliff.


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CMCastro 3 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

Wow! What a powerful awareness! I will have to do some research in my area to see if they are implementing still the same assistance as I received 12 years ago, called Domestic Violence councelling. I had pressed charges upon someone I was in a relationship with for stealing. When I arrived at the Court, they had an appointed Councelor there to sit with me and to allay my fears. I stayed in councelling for about a year. Anyway, I will share this. I hope it opens some eyes. Thank you.


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Deborah Brooks 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

This affects all women it doesn't matter where we come from.. now men have the okay to beat us even more.. God help us all.

Debbie


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Michael-Milec 3 years ago

No, not at all Deborah Brooks : men will stop to act stupidly ! Now is your term, the ladies, sisters by faith, please get organize and raise your voice. Your honorable designation by the Creator isn't for cowards abuse. Take a bold step and do announce in advance ' if you dare to harm me in any way your name will be publicly known in all neighborhood, at your work place, everywhere. ( something like this, your vocabulary is better).

Yes, God help us is very powerful call, and He Will . He is our helper in all of our needs. HalleluYah. Now we have one more petition toward the throne of grace, an we won't be disappointed in our God the Savior.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

CMCastro Thank you for doing research and thank you very much for sharing this!


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Debbie, it does effect all women, no matter who they are.

God bless you.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Michael-Milec I pray you are correct.

God bless you


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sherrituck 3 years ago from Virginia

This is a basic human rights issue. The Declaration of Human Rights applies to every person in the world. In my humble opinion, a vote not to pass this law is showing lack of respect for human rights and lack of respect for dignity for all people.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

sherrituck I agree with you on this one. It is a lack of respect for all humans. No dignity at all either.


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Credence2 3 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

Michele, it is pretty obvious that the "illegal alien" is just as much a red herring as the Green Orion slave girl.

This is a pretty transparent excuse.

The right have been saying that the abuse of woman's rights have been an exaggerated concern by moderates and the left. Obvioulsly that is not the case.

What is it in the conservative mindset that resists such legislation? Is it that they fear that it is linked to abortion rights in someway?

I dunno, you let these people have their way, it is barefoot and pregnant with no greater status than that given to human chattel. The GOP consistently show that they are no friend to women and their concerns, but are great at cosmetics and lip service. I hope that every concerned person is paying attention!

Thanks....


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you so much Credence2, you are very correct. I just do not understand them.


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Vladimir Uhri 3 years ago from HubPages, FB

Interesting article, Michele. My question here is if anyone read the Bill which did not pass? I mean, Huber’s. I believe woman make man who he is. Some say behind every man is woman. It starting at the crib. Mom is forming character of children.

When we use to do to grandparents’ home our children always said: we are going to grandma's house. Grandpa of course did not own house or anything. Ha, ha. Is it not true as seems to?

Today I think socialistic tendency is preferring woman and make from boys football prayers or watchers, couch potatoes, drinking beer or else. Available pornography, sex does not help. Is not Hollywood to be blame? I believe we have to repent and come back to God and He will heal our land. I think we all are guilty.

See the voting record.

There is also what is bothering me. Karl Marx said: socialism cannot be built without women (paraphrased). Then you will see where we are heading.

Do not expect salvation from the government.

Choice is on our side.


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teacherjoe52 3 years ago

Good morning Michele.

Yes abuse is very bad.

I look forward to your next article about men abuse. Do you know over ninety percent of arguments in marriages are started by women, over ninety percent of physical abuse is started by women? I read that in an article by Ann Landers and heard it on a Focus on the Family episode

Why don't we compare the amount of mens shelters compared to womens shelters? What support do the men get?

Why is a man expected to pay child support but when he legally goes to visit his his: A) the child is :"sick" and can't see him

or B) is visiting a friend.

Why should the man expect to pay child support but the woman refuse to allow him to legally visit his child. If the man refuse to pay his wages are gaurenshhed and he may be put in jail. How many women are put in jail for refusing the father visitation rights.

Do you know there are some place the woman calls the police and says her husband is physically abusing her the man in automatically thrown in jail with no trial(which is illegal). Do you know how many times women use this against men?

May God bless you with the wisdom, strength and resources to research and publish an article to bring this to the worlds attention.


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Vladimir Uhri 3 years ago from HubPages, FB

The Bible said that tongue is small, but make big fire. The mouth is greatest agent for conflict.


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Vladimir Uhri 3 years ago from HubPages, FB

When the Babe was born in Bethlehem, woman received back her crown lost in the Garden. In the contrary man did not receive any crown back. He can receive crown only from Yeshuvah - receiving Him by faith. Since woman receive crown back she should always behave like a queen. Not to rule but to help the king.

Now we see we all are in fault and only God can restore us.

PS. We have in government hundred thousand laws, do you think many should be throw out?*** The Old Law was abolished and Grace and Truth came. Why we don't have revival again and live in the Grace?


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

So Vlad if woman are abused we are living in democracy, and if she is not abused we are living socialism?

I am sorry, I could not find your quote.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Vlad salvation will never come from the government. Both of us know that. But, a law that protects me from rape is something I want to our government to keep. Men keep hurting women, women are smaller, women don't report it when men hurt them. That is why we want this law to become real again.

This law needs to become active again! If not then our government cares nothing about us! Nothing! We mean nothing to them!


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

In the United States there are many men who have never paid child support. You can look that up if you like. The statistics are amazing. You live in Canada, so it is a little different.

Would you refuse to help your children, because your ex wife would not let you see them? or Would you report to your lawyer and tell him or her about what was happening?

Husbands are not automatically throne in jail. A crime has to be committed. I am not kidding, you can look that one up also. Or do I need to give you the proper website to find the answers you are looking for?


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Teacherjoe ninety percent of physical abuse is started by women. Hmmm. Have you ever had a rib broken by a woman? Have you ever been raped by a woman? Have you ever been choked by a woman?

Those things hurt, they really do.

Just wondering.


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Vladimir Uhri 3 years ago from HubPages, FB

Michelle, Marx started this nonsense about woman has to be participants of socialistic process. Actually he took it from Illuminates. How did you figure out I am pro violence? I do cry when I see someone is hurting. I wanted only say that all we hear about rights and not responsibility.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Vlad, please do not think that I want socialism. Marx was very wrong. I know that the Illuminati is evil and against God.

Perhaps I should have said, men should be responsible to not be violent against women. Women should not be violent against men. No one should be violent. Children suffer, women suffer and yes, men suffer.


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Vladimir Uhri 3 years ago from HubPages, FB

Yes and yes.


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teaches12345 3 years ago

It would certainly be a matter of urgency if one of their wives or daughters were affected. I pray that this will be reviewed again. Women need protection from the many predators out there.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

teaches, I pray for that also, woman do need protection and at this point in time, shelters have to close. There are so many predators out there. They can also "hide" in plain site.


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ahorseback 3 years ago

Youre so right Michele , our media focus's on sensationalizing , violence against women .....no they wont touch that ! I wonder who writes the agendas for day to day coverage of the issues , I swear there is an pre planned agenda ! Who really owns the media , the government ?.........+++++


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

I agree with you. The media is a problem. They only focus on what they have been told to focus on. The government owns the media. You are correct about that.


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samowhamo 3 years ago

I have mxed feelings about VAWA I absolutely do not condone violence against women but at the same time I think it's a bit biased because it does not seem to accept that men can also be victims of violence. I know a lot of people would say (well violence from a woman is not as bad as violence from a man) well I have heard true stories of women commiting horrible acts of violence towards men and boys and even falsely accusing them of rape and these women got little to no jail time. I think we need laws that protect both men and women from such things.

I have an article here that you might find interesting Michele.

http://samowhamo.hubpages.com/hub/Sexism-Towards-M...


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adjkp25 3 years ago from Northern California

It seems like some people quickly rebut any references to a 'war on women' but them things happen like this act expiring. This should have been a bi-partisan slam dunk but it apparently wasn't very important for some people in congress.

I bet they would feel different if a woman in their lives had been assaulted previously.


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samowhamo 3 years ago

It seems like some people quickly rebut any references to a 'war on women' but them things happen like this act expiring. This should have been a bi-partisan slam dunk but it apparently wasn't very important for some people in congress.

I bet they would feel different if a woman in their lives had been assaulted previously.

I dont know who you were talking to and apologise if I am mistaken here and you were not talking to me but I was not rebuting anything I am very well aware that there still is violence towards women but I think we need to keep an open mind that men can also be victimized I would know because I have heard true stories and my myself and my father have also been abused in some ways.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

samowhamo I will read your hub.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you adjkp25, I agree with you.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

samowhamo , I am very deeply sorry that you have suffered abuse. It is wrong, very wrong. No matter who is being abused.


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samowhamo 3 years ago

Thank you Michele. I beleive in the cycle of abuse my mother was abused by her father when she was young and she use to abuse me and my father in some ways. She never hit my father but physical abuse is not the only kind of abuse she abused him verball, emotionally, and mentally. And as for me when she use to hit me when I was little and she told me so many lies about my dad all to cover up the fact that she is also a drug addict (which we have med records and rehab records to prove) I could go on about other things she has done but I dont want to talk about anymore right now.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

samowhamo Abuse of a child, is the worst abuse of all. No, you don't have to talk about it, but I understand what if feels like to be harmed. Just not as a child.


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samowhamo 3 years ago

I sometimes think that abuse is inherited not through blood or genetics but through hate. I sometimes wish I could cry for my mother but my anger towards her for what she has done overpowers my pity for her at times I cant help but wonder if she ever really even loved and cared about me. I have heard that there are many predators out there (men and women) but I hope there are many more out there that are not.

I have a personal quote it goes (When people live a life of hatred it's just like when they get drunk their true person comes to the surface and sometimes their inner ugliness comes forward.)


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teacherjoe52 3 years ago

Good morning Michele.

Working in treeplanting camps I saw plenty of women swing thier shovels at thier boyfriends.

I have seen plenty of women punch thier boyfriends or husbands in the face. If the man defends himself he goes to jail.

I recently read an artcle that proved 74% of children are abused by mothers.

I am saying abuse happens to both sexes. If you want to write an unbiased artcile why not write about abused husbands as well, fair is fair.

I forget now but I think it is in British Columbia where the man is put in jail automatically if the wife calls the husband.

Why not write about the spiteful women who refuse visitation rights to the fathers but expect them to pay child support?

God bless you on your challenge to discover the hard truth.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

samowhamo That makes sense. Not inherited by genetics, but by having experienced it.

Your quote explains all of it.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

teacherjoe52

I have never hit my husband. We have never hurt our child. She has Aspubers's Syndrom.

So, I don't know how to write a hub about men being abused. I prefer to write hubs with feeling. Not just words.

Like your hubs. Your hubs are not just words.

If you wan't a hub on abuse against men, will you write it?

The violence against women law helped one woman escape from a man that was hurting her physically. That was a long time ago.

That life is gone, a new one is here with a good husband, a wonderful child and loving and trusting God.

I have already discovered the more of the truth then one needs to know, in one type of life.

Why don't you write of the hard truth in the man's one?

That is the one I challenge you too. I have done one side, you do the other.

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