GOP congressman: Men cope with violence better than women

By Eric W. Dolan
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 17:40 EDT
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While discussing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) on Sunday, Republican Rep. John Duncan of Tennessee claimed that men in general were better at coping with violence than women.

“Like most men, I’m more opposed to violence against women than even violence against men,” he told the Chattanooga Times Free Press. “Because most men can handle it a little better than a lot of women can.”

Duncan said he was undecided on whether to support reauthorizing the VAWA, a 1994 law that aids the victims of sexual and domestic violence.

The Republican congressman claimed the bill had a “motherhood-and-apple-pie title,” making it difficult to oppose without receiving a backlash.

The re-authorization of the VAWA was approved in the Senate by a 78-22 vote last week.

The legislation died in the House last year due to Republican opposition to new protections for undocumented immigrants, LGBT individuals, and Native American men and women.

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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