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Letter: History’s ‘Castle Laws’ still in play today

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Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013 11:59 am

“Rape is the only crime in which the victim becomes the accused. It is she who must prove her good reputation, her mental soundness, and her impeccable propriety” — Freda Adler, Criminalist.

Vice President Joe Biden, the author of The Violence Against Women Act stated on The View, “Culturally, abused women are blamed for their own abuse.”

He is currently working with young men in their teens to age 26 to help them understand their own cultural conditioning to improve the statistics of dating violence and sexual assault, oftentimes resulting in homicide.

Centuries of patriarchal law and conditioning granted by society is the root cause of violence against women. Men think it is their right to abuse and punish women. The male dominance gender role is found in religious teachings, and exercised by elected public officials.

The Castle Law is sexist in origin giving the King the right to protect his Castle and the right to protect HIS home and property. Both the King and the husband had the right to punish women. The Castle Self Defense Law followed to the Colonies and this cultural conditioning prevails — both at the subconscious and conscious level — and is prevalent in every courtroom, especially when a woman is on trial. History shows it was common place for women to be placed in locks in public places, the “burnings,” and the casting out of women from society, often deemed so by all male church boards and males holding political office.

Sandra Hornsby

Chandler

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