Uncut: Bravo, Mayor Rawlings, on domestic violence prevention

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by JOHN McCAA

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Posted on January 25, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 26 at 1:28 AM

There can't be one abused spouse in North Texas who's not ecstatic about Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings push for greater emphasis on battling domestic violence.

It's the nightmare few of us - particularly we men - seem willing to take seriously.

It's this week's Uncut commentary.

We've all been outraged by the rape and murder of a woman in India on a public bus. "It could have been any woman there," we think.

As a matter of fact, some commentators complain the attack, the honor killings, other assaults on women there, are all reflective of the gender inequality rampant in much of the world.

Truth is, we don't have to cross any ocean to hear similar stories of brutal attacks on, and even murders of women,  but few of us seem quite as upset.

Again and again, we've told you about women here literally hunted down by husbands, boyfriends, and ex-lovers who, like the attackers in India, thought of them as little more than their property. Attackers who flouted warnings from police, ignored restraining orders, and thought their relationship (or the end of it) a private matter, outside the province of the law.

Tonight, in some home not far from your own, a similar terror may be unfolding.

The mayor's new initiative won't stop domestic violence, but it might convince at least a few that on this issue, there is no middle ground: you are either on the front line opposing abuse, or AWOL -- absent without leave from your post as a true citizen.

Those are my thoughts, tell me yours at jmccaa@wfaa.com.

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