Ms. Rosenthal, How is the White House Combating Violence Against Women?

Another Rant By: BettyJean Kling

Doesn’t the following sound like progress being made?

“Lynn Rosenthal on How the White House Combats Violence Against Women”

Combat connotes an active struggle to bring to an end but in the plural combats as used above suggests a successful battle has ensued and is ongoing to keep under control. The above reminds me of a acid indigestion commercial where you need only take one purple pill to combat heartburn for 12 hours.

Ms. Rosenthal’s resume provides evidence she knows or should know we need to see some progress not just hear more rhetoric.

Rosenthal is an advocate who has devoted 30 years to improving the lives of women and their children. One of the nation’s foremost experts in domestic violence policy, Lynn has worked at the local, state and national levels to create an environment where violence against women is not ignored and perpetrators are held accountable.

After reading this article, I see no indication they are addressing our needs , how they intend to hold perpetrators accountable, but Suzanne Herel, for example, offers some suggestions:

“Prevention is key to stopping DV and the amount of money we spend on it. DV convictions by law are public — but good luck finding them. Last year, I nearly lost my life to a man with two prior felony DV convictions that didn’t show up when I searched (and I’ve been a journalist for 20 years). I am not alone. Read more Society cannot afford to keep shielding these men.” Suzanne Herel

Ms Rosenthal can also call on heartbroken mothers like BettyJean Kling whose two daughters were victims of the same abuser who shot her daughter Louisa in the head while out without bail after bludgeoning her other daughter Denise in the head months earlier. BettyJean has ideas on new laws and ways to enforce them but no luck in finding ways of bringing those worthwhile ideas to the floor.

Louisa’s Law which seeks to require tougher sentences, eliminate or reduce plea deals and strictly enforce laws for Violence against Women.

Ms. Rosenthal explained the budget priorities of the administration and clearly demonstrated how much money has been allocated but no one noticed what is missing here — we need to hear about quantifiable results, and the numbers of dead reduced not rising. You can’t work with the dead or severely disabled. WE have to stop the violence not just support, work with or house the survivors!

Every morning when I’ve walked into the White House, I’ve brought with me the stories of the many survivors I have worked with over the years.”  

“Yesterday, I met with a group of 16 leaders of organizations that combat violence against women, provide resources for women who face domestic violence and sexual assault, and advocate for victims. During this meeting, I shared with these leaders the same information I am sharing with you — information on how the White House, through the President’s FY 2011 budget, is making combating violence against women a real priority.”

“Ending domestic violence and sexual assault is a priority for President Obama and Vice President Biden. I’ve written about numerous fund increases and initiatives that are testaments to this fact. In my meeting yesterday, the White House’s commitment to violence against women issues was clear — we are increasing support for women across the board.”

Lynn Rosenthal is the White House Advisor on Violence Against Women, opened and closed her article Lynn Rosenthal on How the White House Combats Violence Against Women with her efforts and her budgets and her commitments but not one account of the successful decrease in deaths or cases of domestic violence and sexual assault all of which are steadily on the rise even as we speak.

I will be sending a respectful letter to Lynn Rosenthal including the following.

Ms. Rosenthal, combats as used above suggests a successful battle has ensued and is ongoing to keep under control. I hope so, here is a copy of Louisa’s Law for your perusal. It states four objectives needed to combat violence against women and lists a variety of tools needed to reach that goal.

*Louisa’s Law seeks to require tougher laws, significant and effective sentences, strictly enforce laws and eliminate or reduce plea deals for violence against women.  

a)    Enter an automatic and enforceable order of protection with a minimum term of ten years;

b)    Violator must enter an approved batter/anger management program with monitoring;

c)    Violators who were under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the violation against a woman or who have any drug-related offenses within three years of the violence incident must enter a rehabilitation program and/or be tested periodically for continued drug or alcohol abuse;

d)   A GPS monitor should be installed if the violator is released from police custody using a system with victim notification;

e)   Full cash bail and full cash surety bonding must be implemented with domestic violence screening as part of the bonding process.  For repeat offenders or violators of restraining orders, offenders are not given the opportunity for bail but should remain incarcerated pending trial because of the documented risk of death to the victim and victim’s family members upon release of repeat offenders and those who have violated restraining orders; 

f)   Require a compliance conference before the judge for accountability;

g)   Require judges to consider a variety of aggravating factors to ensure safety and punishment consistent with the risks for repeat violence, death, and permanent disability associated with VAW;

h)  Sentences must be served rather than suspended so that the victims and their families are safe.

i) Nationwide Domestic Violence Registry for instant access to
existing orders of protection and convicted abusers for law enforcement as well as public access much like the sex offender registry, where the women who need it have access to it before they fall victim.


7 Responses

  1. This is a global problem, the figures are rising drastically for trafficked woman and children in the slave trade and for sexaul explotation.
    If we start to collaborate and work together it is going to get harder for these people to exploite woman and children.
    All i have been getting from people is oh you people are doing a great job…but do they get involved in helping to stop it no they do not…all they do is complain and write things but do not want to get involved in actaully strarting to make changes.

    They talk about the money they are putting into it but where is the money going…it is going to organisations thta are involved withexplioting the woman even more…so we have to start working together to start to get money directly from the public to finance our own projects to amke sure that it really does stop.
    IIt will not stop until we take a stance and make demands..we cannot do this in lone islands we all have to come togetehr and speak as one…as the crime is gloabl we have to work gloablly to stop the trafficking and violence of all kinds against woman and children.

  2. […] Ms. Rosenthal, How is the White House Combating Violence Against Women? Posted on December 8, 2010 by freemenow […]

  3. We are fighting a domestic civil war – and women are being used as weapons and pawns in a deadly game of power and control. Enough rhetoric! This is a preventible crime if the punishment fits it. Castrate him and watch dv and rape decrease dramatically. Far worse is being done to women and girls every day. Stop the madness with bold action. No man in his right mind would oppose this unless he’s a perpretrator himself.

  4. I really think you should get Mrs. Obama to endorse
    your worthwhile project against Domestic Violence.
    Perhaps her influence will make the law makers take notice and create laws that will protect our women and force the police and courts to take immediate action to keep these offenders behind bars for as
    long as necessary.

  5. […] Ms. Rosenthal, How is the White House Combating Violence Against Women? Posted on December 8, 2010 by freemenow […]

  6. Please read the post entitled “A Culture Of Impunity” at

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