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Why can't men hit women in self defense?

FUS RO DAH! 2011/04/19 01:20:02
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  • Ashley 2012/08/11 19:19:40
    Ashley
    They can. Put it this way, women wanted equal rights, they'll get them; and if they hit someone, they should expect to be hit back. No exceptions.
  • criminalprosecutor88 2011/08/21 03:12:03
    criminalprosecutor88
    I have been a state criminal prosecutor for the past 23 years. For anyone reading this post, the men and women of law enforcement are committed to stopping physical abuse of all types.

    In our jurisdiction, it is a criminal offense to intentionally slap, kick, punch, bite, scratch, shove, or spit upon any other person. The question raised in this blog is directed toward females abusing males. A female abuser should be advised that, in a domestic situation, the police are required to make an arrest if an abuser (regardless of gender) causes any kind of physical injury (scratch, bruise, cut, bleeding). The police are required by law to arrest the abuser on the spot — even if a male victim might be forgiving and even if he tells the police that the abuse was no big deal. Slapping can cause physical injury. I can think of multiple cases in which the police arrested a woman for slapping a man in the face, and she afterward claimed that she did not intend for her fingernails to cut or scratch the victim. This defense is rarely successful because the law presumes that an offender should know the likely consequences of his/her actions.

    The criminal laws make no distinction as to the gender of the abuser and/or the gender of the victim. Prosecutors will not take into account how mas...









    I have been a state criminal prosecutor for the past 23 years. For anyone reading this post, the men and women of law enforcement are committed to stopping physical abuse of all types.

    In our jurisdiction, it is a criminal offense to intentionally slap, kick, punch, bite, scratch, shove, or spit upon any other person. The question raised in this blog is directed toward females abusing males. A female abuser should be advised that, in a domestic situation, the police are required to make an arrest if an abuser (regardless of gender) causes any kind of physical injury (scratch, bruise, cut, bleeding). The police are required by law to arrest the abuser on the spot — even if a male victim might be forgiving and even if he tells the police that the abuse was no big deal. Slapping can cause physical injury. I can think of multiple cases in which the police arrested a woman for slapping a man in the face, and she afterward claimed that she did not intend for her fingernails to cut or scratch the victim. This defense is rarely successful because the law presumes that an offender should know the likely consequences of his/her actions.

    The criminal laws make no distinction as to the gender of the abuser and/or the gender of the victim. Prosecutors will not take into account how masculine or feminine the victim is, or how cute or feminine the abuser is. The law makes no distinction between how small and meek the abuser is, or how big and tough the victim is. The law does not assume that men are larger than women, that men suffer less pain than women, or that women are less likely to inflict injuries.

    So if there are hotheads (female or male) reading this blog who are contemplating this type of behavior, be forewarned that you might be cooling off in a jail cell. The officers at the jail will not be interested in whether you think this is cute or funny. If you think this behavior is socially acceptable, society has provided orange jumpsuits so you can rethink your behavior.

    A second question raised is whether a man should hit a woman if she hits him first. The best advice is that the law will look far more favorably upon a victim of physical abuse who stopped the violence and remained innocent — so if you can, walk away. Be cautious. Axioms such as "fair is fair" or "an eye for an eye" oversimplify the law of self defense. Hitting back might escalate the situation rather than stop it. The law of our state is typical of most jurisdictions — the use of physical force upon another person is justifiable only when the defendant believes such force is necessary to protect himself/herself against the imminent use of unlawful physical force by the other person. The use of deadly physical force upon another person is justifiable only when the defendant believes that such force is necessary to protect himself against the immediate threat of death, serious physical injury, kidnapping, sexual intercourse compelled by force or threat, or another felony involving the use of force.

    Another blogger alluded to feminism. Pure feminism seeks equality for both genders, and the law provides equal protection to both sexes.

    Lately, I have seen several kids' TV shows that depict girls hitting boys, suggesting it is acceptable for females to hit males. On the show, "iCarly," the female character, "Sam" occasionally slaps and hits Freddie. While this is supposed to be humorous, there is nothing entertaining about abuse. The producers of these shows should join the 21st century and stop sending dangerously incorrect messages to young viewers.

    If a friend or spouse hits you, it will likely happen again. Abusers are losers. Seriously consider ending the relationship.
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  • Mark crimina... 2012/10/11 14:01:06
    Mark
    If you think the law treats men and women equally, you are dead wrong. Women, on average, receive smaller sentences than men, for similar crimes. Gender aside, what about poor people? Someone with your salary is more likely to receive a lighter punishment than someone who is afforded a public attorney. Saying that the law treats everyone equal sounds great. But the real world is much different.
  • Shawna 2011/04/19 06:23:21
    Shawna
    In self defense they most certainly should be able to.
  • Jaiheena Star 2011/04/19 02:12:54
  • Jo 2011/04/19 01:32:40
    Jo
    i dont know that you cant---at any rate, you definetly should be able to
  • Frank 2011/04/19 01:27:42
    Frank
    Yep you can if its in self defense, although its better to just leave the schene.....
  • FUS RO ... Frank 2011/04/19 01:35:52
    FUS RO DAH!
    what if the men can't leave the schene
  • Frank FUS RO ... 2011/04/19 16:54:43
    Frank
    Well, good question. I guess if she continues to beat on you and there is no way out you have to take whatever measures are necessary.
  • Feria~THEZombieSlayingB!tch... 2011/04/19 01:20:44
    Feria~THEZombieSlayingB!tch of PHAET!~Badass Incarnate~
    If you can prove it was self defense, you can. At least, that's the law here.

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