The Double Standard for Violence


The mass shooting of young children in Connecticut rightly set off a national outcry about gun control, and the sexual abuse of boys at Penn State justly brought strong condemnation from the NCAA and state officials.

But where is the outrage over the on-going violence against girls and women in schools and college campuses, in the armed services, and across American communities? Where are the editorials in prestigious national publications condemning the U.S. House of Representatives’ recent refusal to re-authorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), leaving U.S. women without federal protection? Why this double standard?

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