Thursday, September 15, 2011

Senator Sigmund Sichel, the father of "whipping-post law” in Oregon - 1907

FULL TEXT: Portland, Ore., Jan. 10. – Senator Sigmund Sichel, the father of whipping-post law” in Oregon, is spiking his guns for a bitter fight which will be a feature of the legislative session next month. The Bar association of Multnomah county, is at the back of a movement to repeal the whipping-post law, and Senator Sichel, who drew up, introduced and successfully engineered the hard fight which placed the law on Oregon’s statute books two years ago, is preparing to battle against the repeal, tooth and nail.

Oregon is one of the few states providing for the official whipping of wife beaters, and the Oregon law is perhaps the most conservative of any, in drafting the measure, Senator Sichel intended it to be more of a deterrent influence, preventing brutal men from beating their wives, than a means of wreaking punishment upon the offenders. That his intention was carried out in the actual working out of the whipping-post law is attested by the statement of District Attorney John Manning of Multnomah county, in which Oregon’s largest city in situated. Mr. manning declares that wife-beating has decreased fully ninety per cent since the passage of the whipping-post law, and that, while the fining and even imprisonment of wife-beaters for atrocious brutalities was formerly a matter of almost daily occurrence, since the whipping-post law has been in force it has been necessary to punish only two men at the post.

The Sichel law is so drafted that the penalty of official lashing is to be ministered only in deliberate and brutal cases, the fine or term of imprisonment serving as a penalty where the wife beater can show that extreme aggravation or had other partial justification. The criminal is further guarded front unjust or undue suffering at the fact that three different tribunals must pass upon a case before the offender be sentenced.

Senator Sichel will go to the coming session at Salem next month armed with the written testimonials of police judges, superior court judges and district attorney, warmly commending the law, and Gov. Geo. E. Chamberlain who was recently quoted in favor of repeal, has assured Senator Sichel that instead of favoring the repeal, he will be one of the law’s most ardent defenders.

Senator Sichel, while acting as police commissioner, witnessed the abuse of women in the lower walks of life, many being compelled to lead a life of shame under the fists of men who had married them for the revenue they could bring from the dives, and this determined him to devise some means effective protection for these unfortunate women.

In the whipping-post law this means has been found, says Senator Sichel, for the ninety per cent decrease m wife beating has proved it. In fight against the law’s appeal, Senator Sichel will have the support of the women of the a well as a generous proportion of the men.

[“Wife Beating Now Decreasing – In Oregon Because of the “Whipping Post” Law. – Since Establishment of Law Only Two Men Have Been Whipped – Ninety Per Cent Decrease. – Despite Good Law Has Done, Some in the State Want Law Repealed.” Logansport Daily Reporter (In.), Jan. 10, 1907, p. 5]


• You have been told that before the rise of feminism in the 1960s that domestic violence against women was tolerated by society as acceptable behavior and was not taken seriously by police and the courts.

You have been lied to. The people who told you these lies were paid to tell them you. In most cases you paid your own money (taxes and tuition fees) to be lied to.

Here is one of countless pieces of evidence that demonstrate the truth.

• To see more eloquent, vivid evidence proving the lie and giving you the truth, see:

19th Century Intolerance Towards Domestic Violence

Treatment of Domestic Violence Against Women Before 1960this post collects cases classified by the form of punishment or sentencing (whether judicial or through community action)

No, the claim that laws created by males were for the benefit of males is false. Yes, the "Rule of Thumb" myth has been proven to be a marxist-feminist hoax, taking an ancient English common historical notation published in the 18th century and extrapolating it into unsupported claims that 18th and 20th century United States communities, courts and legislatures (laws on the books) were in agreement with the18th century historical notation (Blackstone).


“[O]nly since the 1970s has the criminal justice system begun to treat domestic violence as a serious crime, not as a private family matter.”

From the entry: “Domestic Violence” on

This claim has been proven to be false.


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