Janice Shaw Crouse

President Obama’s 2011 federal budget, a nearly $4 TRILLION monstrosity, includes an increase of $117 million for domestic violence programs –– a 22 percent increase. It is time to shine the light of truth on so-called “domestic violence” issues. Instead of “spousal abuse,” the broader term “domestic violence” provides cover for the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) to spawn widespread distortion of data that is used for political ammunition to hold taxpayers hostage to the VAWA Mafia –– all those bureaucrats and social workers whose existence depends upon convincing the public that husbands are dangerous to their wives and children. In fact, the mother’s boyfriends are most often the perpetrators of abuse deaths and mothers are more often responsible for the neglect fatalities.

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In fact, many of the experts in the area of abuse against women and children report that VAWA advocates have been pushing a slanted message for more than two decades, an agenda that is detrimental to the traditional family and destructive of the Constitution. Indeed, it is not an exaggeration to refer to the “VAWA Mafia” because the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) does little to protect women or children; instead, it wastes money (over $1 billion a year) and propagates false information.

Let’s be clear, violence against women and children are heinous acts. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that every year in the United States there are over 3 million referrals of child abuse that involve “the alleged maltreatment of approximately 6 million children.” Who does not recoil when innocence is stolen, whether in one awful trauma or through persistent, unrelenting acts of neglect, anger, sexual dominance or vengeance?

However, what is often overlooked is the central role that family structure plays when it comes to incidents of violence against women and children. While the majority of American children move through the stages of childhood in a secure environment where they are both loved and protected, increasing numbers of children live in household arrangements where they are neglected and abused rather than cherished. Millions of children learn early that they rate a distant second or third in priority behind drugs and/or their mother’s boyfriends.

Janice Shaw Crouse

Janice Shaw Crouse is a former speechwriter for George H. W. Bush and now political commentator for the Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee.
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