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Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act includes LGBT domestic violence survivors

Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act includes LGBT domestic violence survivors

The bill would also provide funding for programs that serve those in the LGBT community who experience domestic violence, and prohibit discrimination in funding based on gender.

“Is the violence any less real, is the danger any less real because you happen to be gay or lesbian? I don’t think so,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat from California.

Thank you, Sen. Feinstein. While I support the idea of the anti-violence bill, this particular point made me sit up and take notice. Just because a man is gay doesn’t mean he can’t be abused. Just because a woman is a lesbian doesn’t mean she is safe from being abused.

Center for American Progress survey estimates 30 percent of same-sex partnerships experience domestic violence.

How sad is this. Like we don’t have enough trouble with outside haters, we have to worry about our own. And, sadly, you can’t just look at someone and know if they are or will turn into an abuser.

I’m also glad that the wording means that men can get help because just as a woman can abuse a woman, she can abuse a man as well. Sad but true. I’ve known a couple of men that could have used this kind of legal support. Both were ashamed to admit to being abused. As men they thought it made them look weak or that no one would believe them. Luckily for them, they had friends that stood up and by them when they finally decided to escape both the physical and emotional pain their partners put them through.

Please support bills like this, and the senators that vote for the bill. Also, and more importantly, if you or a friend/loved one is suffering abuse, get help. There are programs and community support. If not in your area then look to your friends for help. No one should be hurt, mentally, emotionally, or physically. Ever!