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  •  I am in support of reducing violence against GLBT (0+ / 0-)

    brethren. And I consider this bill a victory.

    However, is violence against women and children not considered hate crime?

    A 15-year old girl was gang-raped for two hours after homecoming at her high school.

    Had she been gay would that have made it more hateful?

    Is violence against women is considered 'normal', and somehow less 'hateful' crime somehow, by comparison? Simply because it is so routine??

    I know the bill allows for prosecution for gender-related crime, but would this be used to protect straight female victims of rape? I doubt it.

    And without taking anything away from the victory of what this bill means, I just want to point out that my soul bleeds for women around the world who suffer routine, 'unhateful' crimes at the hands of others, usually men, daily.

    The sleep of reason brings forth monsters.

    by beijingbetty on Wed Oct 28, 2009 at 07:11:07 PM PDT

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