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Video: Joe Biden – “It’s never, never, never the woman’s fault. No man has a right to raise a hand”


Joe Biden sums up my feelings on this. The only thing I’d add is more about the NFL, which is filled with violence, glorification of violence, powerful people who coddle and protect violent players, and a lot of other problems. Of course, violence in general – and violence against women specifically – is a much broader problem in our society, and frighteningly, most of it is NEVER exposed, as with Ray Rice. With that, here’s VP Biden, who demonstrates why in spite of his occasional faux pas, 99% of the time he gets it exactly right – including in this case.

It’s never, never, never the woman’s fault. No man has a right to raise a hand to a woman. No means no. […] The one regret I have is we call it domestic violence as if it’s a domesticated cat. It is the most vicious form of violence there is, because not only the physical scars are left, the psychological scars that are left. This whole culture for so long has put the onus on the woman. What were you wearing? What did you say? What did you do to provoke? That is never the appropriate question.


The next challenge is making sure, ironically, we get college presidents and colleges to understand that they have a responsibility for the safety of women on their campus. They have a responsibility to do what we know from great experience works. Bringing the experts. Provide people, give the young woman the support that she needs. Psychological support. the medical support, and if need be, the legal support. Societal changes taking place. It takes time. But I really believe it’s taking root, and we have an obligation to just keep pushing it.

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    Darling,  I promise to treat you at  least  as  well as  I  would treat  total strangers  on the street”

  • Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jim Moran, Northern Virginia Democrat, Ranking Member on the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee and senior member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement marking the 20th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act.

    “Congress made a commitment to our mothers, sisters, daughters, and friends twenty years ago today when we passed the Violence Against Women Act to keep them safe from harm.  We stood together to give a voice to those who had suffered in violent relationships for too long.

    “In the years since, VAWA has proven remarkably successful; victims of domestic violence are no longer forced to suffer in silence.

    “Thanks to VAWA, we have a network of available shelters and crisis centers and our law enforcement officers are better equipped to deal with the unique challenges victims of domestic violence face. Since VAWA passed, states have improved laws addressing violence against women and fewer people have experienced domestic violence.

    “Despite successful derailment efforts by House Republicans that lasted nearly a year and a half, Congress ultimately voted to reauthorize VAWA last year and ensure that LGBT, Native American, and immigrant women receive the protections they deserve.

    “The Violence Against Women Act is a testament to the positive change this body can effect.  We came together before to affirm that violence has no place in a relationship, no matter the race or sexuality.  After twenty years, we should all stand together to deplore domestic violence.”