The hidden half of domestic violence
How to have eternal life
Violence Awareness Meets Marriage Protection
by Stephen Baskerville
Oct 27, 2003
If it's October it must be "Domestic Violence Awareness Month." This
federally driven observance has generated a steady stream of
dishonest claims about how domestic violence is a gender crime
perpetrated entirely by men against women. This non-existent crisis
will be used to set aside more constitutional protections in order
to railroad innocent men into jail.
Men's groups are beginning to fight back, pointing out decades of
unchallenged research establishing that domestic violence is
perpetrated as much by women as men.
But more needs to be said. Most of the domestic violence hysteria is
generated for one purpose: to gain advantage in custody battles. In
other words, trumped-up domestic violence accusations break up
marriages and separate children from their fathers.
It is ironic but perhaps also fitting that just two weeks ago
President Bush proclaimed Marriage Protection Week. Though this was
a response to the flap over gay marriage, it might be even more
constructively used to raise awareness of how the domestic violence
industry is destroying marriage and creating fatherless children.
Now domestic violence hysteria is becoming so extreme that it is
creating a quasi-totalitarian gulag, where fathers are evicted from
their homes without any evidence of wrongdoing, interrogated, and
forced to confess to crimes they never committed.
That's right. American citizens are routinely forced, on pain of
incarceration, to sign confessions.
Forced confessions are familiar from the Stalinist regimes of
Eastern Europe. Prisoners were required to denounce themselves for
their "crimes" against socialism. Arthur Koestler described this
vividly in his novel, Darkness at Noon.
In Warren County, Pa., fathers like Robert Pessia are told they will
be jailed unless they sign documents confessing to acts of violence.
The confessions require the father to admit, "I have physically and
emotionally battered my partner. I have committed the following acts
of violence against her." He must then describe the violence, even
if he insists he committed none. The documents require him to
state, "I am responsible for the violence I used. My behavior was
As Pessia says, "This means I have lied and admit to something that
I did not do." Other men testify, "It will be useless to try to
defend myself because it will just make it worse."
The "violence" in question need not even be, in fact, violent. It
may be anything the "victim" (who may only be "emotionally
battered") says it is. "Depriving her of clothes" and "harassing her
over bills" are among the definitions of "violence" promoted by some
domestic violence authorities. Words like violence are debased into
meaningless Newspeak, so that no defense is possible and no due
process of law is applicable.
The line between law enforcement and psychotherapy becomes
dangerously blurred, since the required confessions usually begin as
involuntary therapy. Politicized psychotherapy echoes Soviet
practice, where psychiatric prisons were used to confine and drug
dissidents like V.I. Fainberg and V. E. Borisov, whose political
views and ethical principles were taken as indications of mental
These officials are not joking. In Massachusetts, minister Harry
Stewart was jailed for six months for refusing to confess.
In Britain too the Labour government is employing Gestapo methods
and destroying centuries-old Common Law protections for individual
rights in the name of domestic violence. Home Secretary David
Blunkett recently announced police raids to round-up and arrest men.
The operation was carried out by something called the "Diversity
Directorate" of the London police.
Blunkett's Conservative Party counterpart, Oliver Letwin, calls his
methods authoritarian. Something extreme is taking place when a
right-wing law-and-order spokesman can criticize the police methods
of a left-wing government as heavy-handed.
It is clear that the purpose here is not to arrest individual
lawbreakers but to instill fear in a target population. Gloria
Steinem isn't joking when she says, "Feminism is a revolution." If
so, the domestic violence machinery is executing its Reign of Terror.
Too many conservatives turn a blind eye to these abuses because they
assume it is a matter of law-and-order. It is not. It is the
perversion of criminal justice to serve an ideological agenda,
bringing the law into contempt and leaving the weak at the mercy of
truly dangerous criminals.
Perhaps this year we might celebrate Domestic Violence Awareness
Month and Marriage Protection Week together, by becoming aware of
how the domestic violence hoax is being used to destroy marriage and
erect a police state.
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