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April 28, 2005

Men's Rights Group Loses Final Attack Against Women's Shelters

I have written about Free Men's attacks against California women's shelters in the past. Mens' rights groups aren't interested in helping abused men. They attack women's shelters by getting an "abused" man to file a complaint that he was refused services, and then the men's groups attack the women's shelter, claiming it is biased against men. Men's groups also claim that women's shelters violate the Constitution. Courts have rejected their arguments each time.

Here are the previous posts on the subject:

Men's Rights Attack Against Domestic Violence Shelters Dismissed

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


(Los Angeles, CA) Today the California Supreme Court denied review to a men's rights group seeking to challenge the women only policy at several Los Angeles shelters for battered women and their children.

The lawsuit claimed that the shelters engaged in illegal sex discrimination. The shelters, however, receive gender specific funding from the state for very good reasons.

The Battered Women's Protection Act specifically funds shelters for women and children. The act is gender specific because women in crisis have particular privacy and safety needs. The shelters sometimes have communal bathrooms and bedrooms, many children with abusive fathers fear men, and batterers could easily find their victim if they were allowed access to the shelters.

The California Women's Law Center and O'Melveny and Myers LLP, representing the shelters pro bono, argued successfully to the California State Court of Appeal that the case had no merit.

"The Legislature has recognized that women and children need private shelters during this time of crisis in their lives and provides funding accordingly. In the event that the National Coalition of Free Men wish to open their own shelter, they are free to do so," said Katie Buckland, Executive Director of the California Women's Law Center.

State Senator Sheila Kuehl said, "I am pleased with today's court decision. Battered women shelters have been designed for women and their children for very good reasons- the preservation of safety, privacy, and peace, as well as the numerically greater need for places for women and children."

Posted on April 28, 2005 at 08:09 AM | Permalink


Well, that is good news!

Posted by: silverside at Apr 28, 2005 8:17:53 AM

Seems the right decision to me

Posted by: Steve at Apr 28, 2005 12:31:22 PM

What a bunch of utter shit. Men are abused all the time by bitch partners, but do we get "shelters" AKA, misandrist hate monger centers funded by our hard earned tax dollar? Of course not. You lesbian misandrist cows better not want Equal Rights too much, you might just get it? You wonder why the military is underfunded? It's because you Communist hate bating heifers are profiting off the tax funded teat.

Posted by: abuseddad at Sep 14, 2005 1:47:38 PM

Gee, such abusive language coming from someone claiming to be abused who also claims men are abused all the time by "bitch partners". You're angry that a men's rights group did not succeed in attacking a domestic violence shelter. Your abusive comment only proves my point.

Posted by: The Countess at Sep 14, 2005 3:56:25 PM

Gee abuseddad you sound as angry as one of those women who claimed they've been abused by their husband and didn't have enough common sense to get out.

Posted by: pete kaplan at Sep 14, 2005 8:12:21 PM