Surprise, surprise, a Republican doesn’t want to fund something that helps primarily women! Less of a surprise is that this Republican, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, is a woman herself.
For as long as I live, I will never comprehend why any woman would support legislation that is fundamentally anti-woman, and in this case hurts men and children as well. I guess that’s why I’m a raging liberal.
Haley decided last week to shoo away nearly half a million dollars in funding that would go directly to the state’s Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Given Haley’s stance on pretty much all things progressive, I can’t say I’m surprised. However, when questioned on this affront to abused South Carolinans, Haley said that the services “distract from the agency’s broader mission of protecting South Carolina’s public health.” Um, what? Since when are domestic violence and sexual assault not related to public health? I must have missed the groundbreaking research that said being abused had absolutely no effect on a person’s mental and physical well-being. Surely that’s what the Governor had in mind when she denied funding to such vital services. Sadly, I’m sure what she actually had in mind was the view of herself as some Tea Party heroine, draped in the American flag while slashing funding with her Real American Sword of Justice. This is, after all, the same woman who attempted to veto $213 million from the budget last year.
The message this sends is truly disturbing. It says that Nikki Haley doesn’t give a damn about domestic abuse. It says that she can’t be bothered by sexual abuse. It screams that she doesn’t care about the people who are affected by these things and need help. The worst thing is that she isn’t alone. We’ve seen this before, and we’ll see it again soon. Some states, my own included, have already vowed to reject the Affordable Care Act, which would provide many needed services to millions of Americans, including services for domestic violence victims. These actions highlight what we’ve know for some time: the Republican Party and the Tea Party do not give a damn about women. Woe be it to the mouth that tells me that the War on Women doesn’t exist, because I’ve got piles of evidence that says it does.
Sexual abuse and domestic violence services and prevention are not a distraction. They are the best remedies that we can offer in a culture that normalizes and romanticizes violence and thinks rape is either hilarious or is entirely made up. If anything, funding only services that people like Governor Haley see as legitimate is the distraction. Why bother even thinking about these things, when real health is at stake? Well, because sexual and mental health are real health, and getting that point across is a battle that has been fought for far too long. So while a woman being raped or a child being beaten is just a distraction to Governor Haley, it is a very real thing for a shamefully huge number of South Carolinans and Americans in general. Sorry to distract you with our victimization, Governor, but this is real and it is important.
Tell Governor Haley to cut it the hell out (her behavior, not the funding) by emailing her here or sending her a message at the address below.
Governor Nikki Haley
Office of the Governor
1205 Pendleton Street
Columbia, SC 29201