Vice President Joe Biden made the case last night at a Washington, D.C. hotel that abused women fear getting "raped again by the system." Biden made the comments in remarks to a fundraiser for the Volunteer Lawyers Project, which is co-chaired by his daughter.
"What I want men to understand is that, this escape from abuse, to find a safe place, a safe home to begin to care for your kids, it takes enormous courage," the vice president told the group, according to the White House pool report.
He said the reason it's so hard for abused women to leave home and get help is because of the shame they feel. He drew a connection to a scene in the movie "Deliverance," where a man was raped by a group of men but didn't report it to the authorities.
"After those guys tied that one guy to the tree and raped him, man-raped him in the film, why didn't the guy go the sheriff?" Biden asked. "They don't want to get raped again by the system."
The pool reporter notes that Biden went on to say that this is "the single most important cause of my life."
He wrapped up by calling his work on domestic violence "the single most important cause of my life." Several women in the crowd nodded as he recalled what his dad used to tell him about the greatest abuse being "an abuse of power."
"What you're doing really matters," he told the room. "Let me close by saying a phrase my mother would use ... 'God love you, you're doing god's work.' This is as close as you can come to doing God's work."
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