Monday, February 11, 2013

When is verbal abuse illegal in America?

So Yahoo has this poll going to see who gave the best answer to "When if verbal abuse illegal in America?" I am a staunch believer in the first Amendment so it would take a LOT to get me to say someone's words should be illegal! Maybe real world threats--sex talk to children--yelling "FIRE" in a crowded theater. France passed laws already that make verbal and emotional abuse illegal...nice try France, how's that working out for you?

I know that things do vary by sate. For instance, when my ex destroyed half our living room, I wanted to make him responsible for destruction of property. I called the police only to find out that in Virginia, you are allowed to destroy what you own--even jointly so no consequences. However, a friend of mine, Jim Porter, who owned a treatment center in Colorado said that it was not legal there to destroy property--especially when intimidating a partner--you could go to jail for that.

Since I believe that we should NOT keep secrets and that our partners should take responsibility for their behavior, having the legal system involved can be a good tool for forcing partners to face their own behavior.

But its a state law thing. You gotta use your own judgement...

So, what do you think? See this Yahoo posting a week ago and take the poll...

When is verbal abuse illegal in America? - Yahoo! Answers: "When is verbal abuse illegal in America?
so is there anything you can say to someone that will get you arrested. say they provoke a fight with words is there anything you can do to legally defend yourself? what if someone spits on you? is that illegal?"

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1 comment:

  1. Spitting on someone or touching them in any way which is not invited, including bodily fluids, is considered battery and is VERY illegal.


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