In my quest to understand women’s rights in my country, I’ve recently read a lot about how raping a woman isn’t a hate crime. But women are raped because they are women. So – there ya go.
In the book Equal Means Equal, by Jessica Neuwirth, we find this information about the current laws.
“As the jurisprudence demonstrates, victims of gender based violence has made every effort to find effective recourse within the existing legal framework. Their quest for justice has been denied under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th amendment on the grounds that the only state action is over. It has been denied under the Commerce Clause on the grounds that violence against women is unrelated to interstate commerce. It has been denied under the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment on the ground that police protection is not a “property interest” worthy of due process rights. Violence against women is widely recognized as a form of sex discrimination. The Equal Rights Amendment would provide a proper constitutional foundation for effective action to end this discrimination, which deprives women of their most fundamental right to life.”
Walk with me in the #MarchforERA, this June, 2016 and help congress see that this is a vitally important issue for men and women in our country.