Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Should Hate Crime Law Include Women?

Why YES! Does a rapist assault a woman because he loves her? I don't think so!
The Senate passed the Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act back in Sept. 27, 2007. The Act covers you if you are a victim of violence because of your race, color, religion, or national origin. It allows federal investigators to assist you in case the local authorities will not or can not intervene. President George W. Bush stated that he will veto the legislation. I don't know if he has done so yet or not.

The National Organization for Women wants to expand the Act to cover women and I agree! Women are sexually assaulted constantly by men that HATE them. It probably is the most COMMON HATE CRIME EVER! I commend the NOW organization for pointing this out. Women should get federal assistance if the local authorities do not want to intervene or will not if a woman is sexually assaulted simply because she is a woman. I think "sexual assault" is the key word here because if she is assaulted for her jewelry, that can apply to men also. The focus here is, I think, the violent sexual act that targets mostly women in this world.

What do you think? Should the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act be expanded to include "women"?

Martha


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