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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Lave on Violence Against Women

Lave tamara riceTamara Rice Lave (University of Miami, School of Law) has posted Thinking Critically About How to Address Violence Against Women (University of Miami Law Review, Vol. 65, 2011) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

Every day across the Americas, men, women, and children are forced to work in degrading circumstances due to structural poverty and inequality. Women and girls are often subjected to the worst abuses. The purpose of this essay is not to solve these problems. That is a job for the women who experience and resist subordination in their daily lives and their advocates. Instead, this essay has a more modest goal – to urge advocates to think critically about the task ahead and what limits, if any, should be placed on potential solutions.

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This was a surprising and refreshing article.

A good excerpt: "This essay has shown that sex offender policy is costly in the sense that it directs precious resources away from where they could be better used to combat violence against women. In addition, and perhaps more significantly, by denying rights to sex offenders, this policy threatens the rights of everyone. Once a society gets used to denigrating the rights of one group of unpopular people, it becomes easier to denigrate the rights of others."

Or to paraphrase that quote regarding Nazi Germany: first they came for the sex offenders, then they came for the domestic abusers, then they came for the drug addicts, then they came for me.

And by then it was too late.

Posted by: Gracie Evans | Sep 25, 2012 6:21:12 PM

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