Biden and dating violence
We started out believing that the only way to change the culture was to expose the toll of domestic violence on American families.
And I was convinced, as I am today, that the basic decency of the American people would demand change once they saw the scale of violence and the depth of the ignorance and stereotypes used to justify it.
It matters that the American people have sent a clear message: you’re a coward for raising a hand to a woman or child—and you’re complicit if you fail to condemn it.
That’s a monumental change from twenty years ago, and it’s why the Violence Against Women Act is my proudest legislative accomplishment. One in five women in America has experienced rape or attempted rape.
To paint an honest picture, I invited health professionals to testify on the long-term psychological effects of the violence.
But twenty years after this law first passed, I remain hopeful as ever that the decency of the American people will keep us moving forward in the fight against this rawest form of violence and a culture that hides it.
It was a “lesser crime” to rape a woman if she was a “voluntary companion.” Many state murder laws still held on to the notion that if your wife left you and you killed her, she had provoked it and you had committed manslaughter.
That was the tragic history when, as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I introduced the Violence Against Women Act in 1990.
In the announcement, prominent athletes urge men never to strike a woman.
"Violence against women hurts all of us," says former New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers manager Joe Torre, recalling his own experience as a boy.