The National Coalition for Men has endorsed the House version of the Violence Against Women Act. The group, which says it is committed to ending sex discrimination against men, claims that the Senate version of the bill unfairly excludes heterosexual men.
“We cannot adequately address violence related issues by excluding half of the population, allowing precious resources to be squandered for ideological purposes, empowering false accusers at the expense of the true victims, and letting malfeasance and maladministration to run unchecked without holding applicable administrators accountable,” President Harry Crouch wrote in a statement obtained by Talking Points Memo.
However, both the House and Senate version contain a nondiscrimination clause that states no one can be denied benefits based on their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, or disability. The Senate version goes further, prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation as well.
The victims of domestic violence are overwhelmingly women.
The VAWA, originally passed in 1994 and reauthorized twice since, provides funding to local communities to improve their response to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. The federal grants from the law support police training, victim services, transitional housing, and legal assistance.
But the House version of the reauthorization — which the White House has threatened to veto — omits provisions related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, immigrant and Native women and men that were included in the Senate version.
The Senate approved the Violence Against Women Act by a 68-31 vote in April, with 15 Republican’s voting yes.
“Unlike the recently passed Senate bill (S. 1925), which reflects discussions with more than 2,000 advocates and experts across the country, H.R. 4970 represents a retreat from the fight against domestic and sexual violence,” the American Bar Association said. “It fails to add critical improvements to address the needs of underserved populations, like victims who are members of faith communities and those who are denied services because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and strips critical protections from existing law.”
The National Coalition for Men previously said the VAWA endorsed “a fascist, hateful ideology, fraudulent social engineering and outrageous lies, it is fraudulent on its face, evil in its intent, its practices and real goals.”
The House version of the VAWA is opposed by the National Network to End Domestic Violence, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence, the American Bar Association, the YWCA, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and other groups.
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