Domestic Violence Awareness Meets Marriage
by Stephen Baskerville Posted 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
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.
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
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 not provoked."
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
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 illness.
These officials are not joking. In Massachusetts,
minister Harry Stewart was jailed for six months for refusing to
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
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.
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.