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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Bill of Rights for BATTERED Women ...

Since, here in the United States, our Congress has deemed it necessary to allow the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) to expire rather than expend the effort to renew it, it appears we, American women,  must start all over in regaining our Right not to be Abused.

We may, apparently, need to look to other, more enlightened countries to rebegin this process, as no women's groups in the US seem to be doing anything to reverse this horrific occurrence.

Found originally on WAO: Women's Aid Organization of MALAYSIA
Shared on:  http://www.wao.org.my
by fatimah abu bakar

BILL OF RIGHTS FOR BATTERED WOMEN

I am not to blame for being beaten and abused
I am not the cause of another's violent behaviour

 I do not like it or want it
I do not have to take it

I am an important human being
I am a worthwhile woman

I deserve to be treated with respect
I do have power to take care of myself

I can decide for myself what is best for me
I can make changes in my life if I want to

I am not alone I can help others to help me
I am worth working for and changing for

I deserve to make my own life safe and happy

She has the right not to be abused
She has a right to anger over past beatings

She has the right to choose to change the situation
She has a right to freedom from fear of abuse

She has a right to request and expect assistance from police and social agencies
She has a right to share her feelings and not be isolated from others

She has a right to want a better role model of communication for her children
She has a right to be treated like an adult

She has a right to leave a battering environment
She has a right to privacy

She has a right to express her own thoughts and feelings
She has a right to develop her individual talents and abilities

She has a right to legally prosecute the abusing spouse


This is from Women Aid Organization of MALAYSIA ... They seem to be way ahead of us now.

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