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February 16, 2005

Another Attack By Men's Rights Activists On Domestic Violence Shelters Unsuccessful

Blumhorst vs. Jewish Family Services of Los Angeles et al. has been decided in favor of the domestic violence shelters. This was an appeal from the earlier case that the men's rights activists had lost.

Eldon Ray Blumhorst is a member of the National Coalition of Free Men, a men's rights group which has spearheaded numerous attacks against domestic violence shelters. Free Men's Mark Angelucci is behind the attacks. Blumhorst, who claims to be a battered men, posed as a tester at the behest of Free Men, and called domestic violence shelters in California, seeking to be admitted. According to the ruling, "a tester in the context of this case is one who falsely poses as a victim of domestic violence in need of shelter in order to gather evidence of discrimination." He was not allowed in the shelters because they focus on women who have been abused. He was also not in any immediate danger. Blumhorst and Free Men filed lawsuits, claiming discrimination.

They lost. Again. Costs on appeal have been awarded to the shelters.

As was the case the first time around, the court ruled that the domestic violence shelters are not guilty of discrimination because they follow California law. The shelters lawfully provide services for women. They are not required to admit men.

Section 11135 provides, in pertinent part: "(a) No person in the State of California shall, on the basis of race, national origin, ethnic group identification, religion, age, sex, color, or disability, be unlawfully denied full and equal access to the benefits of, or be unlawfully subjected to discrimination under, any program or activity that is conducted, operated, or administered by the state or by any state agency, is funded directly by the state, or receives any financial assistance from the state."

Section 11139 provides, in pertinent part: "This article shall not be interpreted in a manner that would adversely affect lawful programs which benefit the disabled, the aged, minorities, and women."

The shelter in Maine that is under attack from men's rights activists should take this case to heart. As I've said before, if men's rights activists are really interested in helping battered men, they should set up their own shelters and get the necessary funding, not attack women's shelters.

For more on men's rights activists attacking domestic violence shelters, go to these links:

Domestic Violence Shelter In Maine Under Attack By Men's Rights Activists

Men's Rights Attack Against Domestic Violence Shelters Dismissed (California)

Posted on February 16, 2005 at 08:12 AM | Permalink

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