Domestic Violence Is a Crime Against Every San Franciscan

Progressive San Francisco politicians and press – including Olague, Kim, Avalos, and Campos – with their cheerleaders in the San Francisco media community including the SF Bay Guardian and BeyondChron have attempted to make their vote to support a domestic abuser about anything but their implied support for domestic violence.

Image by Garry Knight, taken at the Slutwalk meeting at Trafalgar Square in London on Saturday 11 June 2011. CC license.

If you read the shameful, tragic, pathetic rationalizations for their supervisors who voted to support domestic violence, they’d desperately like you to believe that:

  • This was nothing more than four supervisors who had the outsized courage to finally confront  what they consider to be a vaguely written city charter. Talk about courage!
  • Their four votes were a principled stand against a mayor who had the common-sense to understand that domestic violence programs should not be led or enforced by a domestic abuser.
  • This was their vote against a vast conspiracy that set their man Mirkarimi up, and they had no choice but to support him.

It’s all disgusting drivel from sycophants that are absolutely desperate to make this vote about anything other than domestic violence.

In the new progressive world view, rewriting a city charter is more important that preventing domestic violence.

In the new progressive world view, proving they aren’t the mayor’s puppet is more important than preventing domestic violence.

In the new progressive world view, politics and political maneuvering is more important than preventing domestic violence.

I don’t believe that is the world view shared by the overwhelming majority of San Francisco residents. Domestic Violence does not just hurt the victim. It damages the communities, families, and health and well-being of every San Francisco.

I’m not up on biblical verses, so I’ll paraphrase: What you do to the least of us, you do to all of us. That four “progressive” supervisors could  not stand up for the least among us – the faceless and nameless women, who at this very moment are being beaten, abused, intimidated and terrified – because they were more concerned with protecting a political ally should tell you everything you need to know about “progressive” politics in San Francisco.

Read the stats below. Read the statements from reputable law enforcement agencies across the nation. Christina Olague, Jane Kim, John Avalos and David Campos have blood on their hands. Because they spoke loud and clear with their votes that domestic violence just isn’t that important.

  • It is imperative to the integrity of the profession of policing and the Sense of trust communities have in their local law enforcement agencies that leaders, through the adoption of clear policies make a definitive statement that domestic violence will not be tolerated. – from the International Association of Chiefs of Police policy regarding Domestic Violence by Police Officers
  • Victims of domestic violence committed by police officers frequently fear that the perpetrator will not be held accountable for the violence. Unfortunately, this fear is well-founded.  A study of all completed Internal Affairs investigations from 1991 to 1997 of officers of the Los Angeles Police Department accused of domestic violence concluded that the discipline imposed was “exceedingly light,” the “investigations lacked objectivity or were otherwise flawed or skewed,”
  • Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44 in the United States, more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined. (“Violence Against Women, A Majority Staff Report,” Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, 102nd Congress, October 1992, p.3.)
  • There are 1,500 shelters for battered women in the United States. There are 3,800 animal shelters. (Schneider, 1990)
  • Among women who are physically assaulted or raped by an intimate partner, one in three is injured. Each year, more than 500,000 women injured as a result of IPV [intimate partner violence] require medical treatment (Tjaden and Thoennes 2000a).
  • As many as 324,000 women each year experience IPV during their pregnancy (Gazmararian, et al. 2000).
  • When updated to 2003 dollars, IPV costs exceeded $8.3 billion, which included $460 million for rape, $6.2 billion for physical assault, $461 million for stalking, and $1.2 billion in the value of lost lives (Max et al. 2004).


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