American Family Association’s Sandy Rios Falsely Claims the ‘Violence Against Women Act’ is “Unfair to Men”
Sandy Rios of the American Family Association, speaking today with Ed Bartlett of Stop Abusive and Violent Environments,falsely claimed that the Violence Against Women Act has had “an extremely detrimental, unfair, tilted, bad effect on men.”
Bartlett dismissed reports that women face disproportionate rates of domestic violence and said that VAWA was actually passed by those seeking “to undermine family stability.”
In reality, the CDC and the Department of Justice both find that women are much more likely than men to experience intimate partner violence. The DOJ found that “intimate partners were responsible for 3% of all violence against males and 23% of all violence against females in 2008,” and the CDC reports that “about 1 in 4 women (24.3%) and 1 in 7 men (13.8%) have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner” in their lifetime.