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Wonderful Women Of The World

Posted by Michelle Moquin on April 21st, 2012

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It is amazing to me that we actually need laws need to be put into place to protect women from abuse from men. It is a continual effort to support and protect women. Why? Because it is needed. Men abuse women. There are no laws that I know of that protect men from the abuse of women. So we go to great lengths because all across the country and the world, men abuse women. Now we all know it isn’t all men. But it is certainly enough that laws need to be passed to protect us.

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) passed in 1994, strengthens the ability of the Federal Government, States, law enforcement, and service providers to combat domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.

The new VAWA legislation has provisions that include protection and resources for all women, including undocumented immigrants, same-sex couples and those on tribal lands. Moreover, it would create a community that promotes education on how to prevent domestic violence.

Recently VAWA was brought to a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee. And guess what? The republicans remain the party of “no”. Every single Senate republican voted “no”.

And to add insult to injury, these Senators justified their votes based on purely ideological objections that should be set aside if we are truly serious and committed to aiding victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault. 

Thankfully we have a strong, wonderful woman of the world, on our side: Rep. Gwen Moore. 

Julia: Thank you for sharing your life story, for being here with us, and for your kind words. You are an amazing, brave woman. I wish you and yours my very best. I dedicate today’s write to you:

Women Are Waiting…

I was molested as a child. There was no ominous stranger or dark alley. This abuse was perpetrated by someone I knew and by someone who knew me — a family friend. Sadly, these events of my youth would only be the beginning of a lifetime of experiences with abuse and violence.

When I was in high school — an ambitious young woman, very focused on my education — a young man joked with his friends and made a bet that he could “bed the egghead.” He took me out on what I thought was an innocent date with the boy that I liked, and when he got me alone, he forced himself on me. It was my 18th birthday. I don’t even think he thought it was wrong. He and his friends thought it was a rite of passage, nothing big. But it altered the course of my life.

These memories hold much pain and haunted me through many phases of my life. But it is partly through these experiences that I found my calling — to be an advocate for the many nameless, faceless and voiceless women and children who endure this abuse everyday throughout this country.

No mother, no sister, no child should ever have to suffer the physical, psychological and emotional abuse that I and so many others were forced to endure. Yet, each day there are hundreds that do. In fact, nearly one in five women in the United States has been sexually assaulted in her lifetime.

As legislators and as Members of Congress, it is our obligation to speak up for those who are being ignored in our society. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) does just that.

I spoke recently about what this Act would have done for me, had it been enacted before the time of my assault. This legislation, originally passed in 1994, strengthens the ability of the Federal Government, States, law enforcement, and service providers to combat domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. The new VAWA legislation has provisions that include protection and resources for all women, including undocumented immigrants, same-sex couples and those on tribal lands. Moreover, it would create a community that promotes education on how to prevent domestic violence.

Domestic violence is a cancer that has infected our society, crossing all ethnic, socioeconomic and party lines. Protecting those victimized by domestic violence should never be a partisan issue. Yet as with many other pieces of common-sense legislation, this Congress has pushed this bill into partisan corners. Recently, when the Violence Against Women Act was brought to a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee, every single Senate Republican on that Committee voted “no.” And to add insult to injury, these Senators justified their votes based on purely ideological objections that should be set aside if we are truly serious and committed to aiding victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault.

Thankfully, President Obama has recently taken action on this issue, directing federal agencies to develop policies for addressing domestic violence in the federal workforce. These policies will build on ongoing efforts of federal agencies to improve workplace safety, and outline steps employers can take to provide support and assistance to employees whose lives are affected by domestic violence.

It is time we stop playing partisan politics with the Violence Against Women Act. This is real life, with real women and real consequences. Until this Congress decides to take the safety of women, children and families seriously, our country will continue to spiral through a vicious circle of denial that will sadly only lead to more violence and abuse.

Women are waiting for this Congress to come together to pass this important legislation. Until that time, I along with my Democratic colleagues will continue to fight the good fight so that the Gwen Moores of this world no longer have to live in fear.


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7 Responses to “Wonderful Women Of The World”

  1. Health Info Says:

    When Coach Is Better than First Class

    Before you book your next flight, consider this.
    You already know that flying raises your risk for deep vein thrombosis (DVT)—a condition in which a blood clot forms in a large vein (usually in the legs)…and if that clot breaks off and travels to your lungs, it can kill you. That’s called a pulmonary embolism.

    But did you know that where you sit inside the plane also may affect your risk?
    To find out where I should—and shouldn’t—plant my fanny, I called Gordon H. Guyatt, MD, chair of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) panel that just wrote new guidelines on DVT.

    To update the DVT guidelines, last issued in 2008, Dr. Guyatt and his colleagues analyzed any new studies and trials that were conducted since that time. Here are some of the key findings…

    It’s OK to sit in coach. “There’s a common belief that you’re at lower risk for DVT in first or business class because that’s where you have the most legroom. But we did not find that to be true,” said Dr. Guyatt.

    So while there may be many reasons to avoid packing yourself into a cramped and noisy coach-class seat, DVT is not one of them. In other words, in terms of risk for a blood clot, it isn’t how much legroom you have that matters—it’s how much moving about you do.

    Choose an aisle seat when possible.

    Sitting in a window seat or even a middle seat limits your mobility—and that does increase your risk for DVT, whatever class you are seated in, said Dr. Guyatt.

    “An aisle seat makes it very easy for you to get up and move around, which reduces your risk for DVT because it improves blood flow all over your body—especially in your legs,” said Dr. Guyatt.

    Not only can you easily stand in the aisle of the plane, where you can stretch and move more freely, but you are more likely to have to get up to accommodate seatmates who need to use the bathroom—a good thing for your health.

    DVT isn’t common, but it’s not as rare as you might think. Dr. Guyatt and his team found that DVT occurs in one in 4,600 healthy individuals within a month following a four-hour flight…and that for each additional two-hour increase in flight length, risk rises by 18%.

    For individuals who are already at high risk for DVT, the risk is even higher. Dr. Guyatt told me that people at high risk for DVT include those…

    With a history of DVT or a clotting disorder.
    Who have had recent surgery or have active cancer.
    Who are morbidly obese.
    Who are pregnant or using oral contraceptives or other forms of estrogen.
    And in general, he said, the older you are, the higher your risk.

    If you are planning a trip by air—especially if you’re at high risk for DVT and/or if the flight is longer than four hours—the new DVT guidelines suggest that you…
    Get up and move around.

    To improve circulation in your legs, get up once an hour.

    Simply standing is better than sitting—and moving around is even better. Try strolling to the lavatory and back, touching your toes or doing some squats.

    Exercise your calves while seated.

    To keep your blood pumping while seated, periodically place your tiptoes on the floor, raise your heels as high as you can, hold for five to 10 seconds, lower and repeat.

    Source: Gordon H. Guyatt, MD, distinguished professor, department of clinical epidemiology and biostatistics, joint member, department of medicine, member, Clinical Advances through Research and Information Translation ( CLARITY), McMaster University, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Guyatt is chair of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) panel that wrote the new evidence-based therapy and prevention of thrombosis guidelines.

    He is a leading exponent of evidence-based approaches to clinical practice, having coined the term “evidence-based medicine” in 1990.

  2. Éadan Says:

    Michelle, I couldn’t get in yesterday. I wanted to say that there are plenty of women here in Ireland who are struggling to remove that male yoke on our necks put there by the catholic church.

    Religion here is something devised by men to force their will upon women. It is mainly the catholic church that uses psychological terror tactics to keep the women in line.

    We are forced to attend their propaganda chambers every Sunday. We are forced to bring our daughters and have them inoculated with the sick propaganda that they are less than the men of this country. They are forced to believe that the male god has deemed it that way and unless they obey they will rot in hell.

    If that is not enough to make women obey. The men have established laws, what they call “moral” laws to force women to do their bidding. It is a sick state of existence.


  3. CT Says:

    Do you think Rep. Issa, Republican, will call for Mr. Sullivan to be fired for “lack of contro”l? the President should fire Mr. Sullivan. The buck stops at Mr. Sullivan’s desk, just another foul-up by a Bush appointee!

  4. SI Says:

    Geezz, did anyone notice, another department run by Bush appointees caught whooping it up on taxpayer dime?

    That’s why the republicans backed off on blaming Obama – Sullilvan is one of their boys – wouldn’t want people start questioning why all the Republican appointees are still on the job (uh, can you say they have stonewalled the President, refusing to approve any new appointees).

    Quite amazing, 3+ yrs into his presidency and the republicans refuse to let him hire his own crew. The only good part is they are getting caught, and we are seeing exactly how Bush ran our country into the ground. Ugh……………………….

  5. NI Says:

    so, the secret service agents should be dismissed for stupidity…what agent would get in an argument with the prostitute about her fees…to the extent that the police are involved.

  6. Jane Says:

    Another Romney ‘flip-flop’….

    “While Romney suggested to Ingraham that a leadership problem led to the scandal, he told a Columbus, Ohio, radio station earlier that he has confidence in Sullivan, the head of the agency.”

    Too bad, GWBush named Sullivan at head of Secret Service in 2006….

  7. Celtics Says:

    The whole trip is being “on duty.” So it’s not “simple scandal-mongering and hypocrisy.” It’s guys not having the good sense to keep their zippers up for a few days.

    I’m sure this is not the first time things like this have happened, but this time they got called on it.

    Yea!!! I get sick of boys being boys.

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