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Op-Ed The Politics of Sexual Abuse

I have worked with domestic violence victims for over 25 years, starting by answering the Texas Domestic Violence hotline.  The one question I never asked a victim was what political party she or her abuser belonged to.  When domestic violence and workplace harassment occurs, the race, status, or political affiliation of the abuser should never be a concern.

 I am not one who says, “believe every woman.”  I also do not believe that men should be vilified for accusations that happened thirty years ago.  But I believe when we set a precedent by supporting one woman, every woman in the same situation should receive the same treatment.   

The Tara Reade case is no different.  Sadly, we are far too accustomed to workplace sexual abuse.  But in this case, everyone pretends it is different.  It is not.  Whether Tara Reade is telling the truth or not, she must get the same support as other women who have been in the same situation.  As Speaker Pelosi said before, “All women must be respected. They deserve due process.”

When women in Washington and in Hollywood ignore Tara, it sets women back over one hundred years.  It says to women who are abused by Democrat men that they must remain silent or they will be ostracized for speaking out.  It says to college women to be silent if they are abused by star athletes.

I worked with domestic violence victims long before the #METOO movement, but I have never been so ashamed of the women in this country for their silence.  When women like Nancy Pelosi, Elizabeth Warren, Alisa Milano, Cher, and Stacey Abrams say to other women, “We do not care about abused women when it compromises our political interests,” all women lose.  Shame on you! 

My daughter’s friend was shot nine times by her boyfriend who played for the Kansas City Chiefs.  She had a two-month old baby who will never know her mother.  Her abuser’s high-profile status as an NFL player did not change the horror of the crime or our response to it.  

I have seen far too much abuse to let some of the most high-profile women in the country get away with defending an alleged abuser.  It sets a dangerous precedent.  It mocks abused women all over the world.

The free pass they are giving Joe Biden is what allowed abusers like Harvey Weinstein and Jeffrey Epstein to become lifelong offenders.  
Joe Biden deserves due process; he also deserves the same level of scrutiny as other high-profile men like Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Clarence Thomas, Brett Kavanaugh, Al Franken, John Conyers, and numerous college athletes.  He does not get a free pass.

Sexual abuse has no political party affiliation.  It is an equal opportunity tragedy.  

Dalphna Curtis – Unbroken Ceilings

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Op-Ed Cares Act 2020

Do you own one of the 99% of small businesses that has been excluded from funding through the CARES Act?  The following waiver given by the Chief of Staff of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance is probably why. 

I am granting this exemption and waiver for a period of three months, from March 17, 2020 to June 17, 2020, subject to an extension should special circumstances in the national interest so require. This exemption and waiver pertain only to the three programs administered by OFCCP and should not be interpreted as applicable to any other programs or laws administered by the Department of Labor.
Craig Leen, Director of Office Federal Contract Compliance.

It may seem asinine that banks must be forced to practice equal opportunity lending, but the reality is without Affirmative Action laws, pre-Civil Rights era attitudes persist.

Banks throughout the country received bailouts from government revenues collected from all taxpayers regardless of race, gender, or national origin.  Yet they do not treat all citizens the same when it comes to lending. 

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance gave bank officers a carte blanc to discriminate against protected class America business owners at will.  
The letter from Director Leen proudly waives regulations pertaining to equal opportunity until June 17, 2020, and it informs banks their right to discriminate may be extended as OFCCP needed.

 “The following terms of this clause are waived for this contract: in subparagraph (a), the phrase “and requires affirmative action by the Contractor to employ and advance in employment qualified individuals with disabilities”; additionally, in subparagraph (a), the phrase “requirements of the equal opportunity clause at 41 CFR 60-741.5(a)” shall be interpreted to exclude in full paragraphs 4-5 and 7 of 41 CFR 60-741.5(a), and the phrase “take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals with disabilities, and to” from paragraph 1 of 41 CFR 60-741.5(a).

If closing your business for two months is not enough, do not think you are about to receive funds high-lighted in the CARES ACT.  They are not meant for your us.

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