The renewal of the Violence Against Women Act, which expired in 2011 and must be quickly voted on and passed to ensure the continuance of its services, has sparked partisan debate. The act enables the Department of Justice and and Health and Human Services to create and support comprehensive, effective, and cost saving programs to respond to crimes of domestic and dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.
The democrats seem to be in favor of the new provisions, which includes incorporating immigrants and same-sex couples into the act. While, Republicans seem to be hesitant on including these two groups.
And while I commemorate the fact that this act will recognize two groups that are often left out, I must say that I feel like the act will still fall short of accomplishing its goal, which is to provide resources and assistance to those who are victims of abuse. In order to fully accomplish its goal, the act must also incorporate another group that is often left out: men. People often forget that men can be victims of abuse, too. We often hear about women being sexually/physically/mentally abused, but seldom hear about the cases where a man is the victim. But it does happen, and it needs to be recognized.
Yes, men are generally stronger then women, but that does not mean they deserve less protection. They can be victims, too, and deserve to have the full protection that women have.