Like the majority of Americans (and world citizens) I had never heard of Sarah Palin until she was announced as John McCain’s running mate. Never. When Barack Obama announced Joe Biden as his choice for VP, I wasn’t scratching my head thinking, “WHO?” I had heard of Joe Biden. A lot.
In my last full time job before law school, I worked at a domestic violence organization. There, I heard Senator Biden’s name many times in association with legislation and activism against domestic violence. People in my agency would talk about Biden like he was the greatest man ever. Whatever his faults, Biden was known to pay more than lip service when it came to violence against women. I had heard of Joe Biden again as I worked on a research paper for a class in law school. I wrote about the Violence Against Women Act and immigrant battered women. I got an A, by the way.
Peep this video from the Obama campaign highlighting Biden’s contribution to VAWA.
I think the young woman’s story in the video is particularly powerful because it shows how a woman can go for help, after being repeatedly terrorized, and still not be safe. No matter how many times I say it, people always think it’s so easy for a woman to just leave. Maybe coming from a victim/survivor’s mouth, it’ll sound a little different.
2 responses to “Quick note on Joe Biden & VAWA”
Not enough has been placed on this particular achievement, IMHO.
His work has likely saved countless lives.
I agree that women need to feel like they can go for help after being dominated in a relationship for so long. I use to live next to this couple and I constantly would hear him beating her. I had to call the cops several times in fear for her life. When I would see her she would act as if nothing was ever wrong. I hurt for her knowing that deep down inside she was hurting badly, scared and did not know what to do. What do you do in this type of situation? I felt like if I pry to much I am steeping on her toes; and it’s not really my business, but I didn’t want something terribly bad happen. I just don’t understand how people can be so mean and abusive.
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