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February 9, 2005
Contact: Trudy Schuett, <>

RADAR Super Bowl Campaign Tosses a Shut-Out

Rockville, MD &ndash The RADAR campaign to stop false claims about domestic violence on Super Bowl Sunday recorded a shut-out. Not a single article making the claim of an increase of domestic violence on Super Bowl Sunday has been identified. And not a single women’s shelter is known to have seen an increase in requests for service that day.

During the week preceding the Super Bowl, RADAR mounted broad-ranging efforts to educate newspaper editors and the public about the facts of domestic violence – that women are just as likely as men to commit partner violence. RADAR Media Monitors sent hundreds of press releases to newspaper editors all over the country.

In addition, RADAR released an Op/Ed column, “ Superbowl Myth Has More Lives Than a Cat,” which was published on the following websites:

  1. Ifeminists.net
  2. FreeRepublic.com
  3. RightNation.com
  4. ThePriceofLiberty.com
  5. FamilyRightsAssociation.com
  6. SierraTimes.com
  7. MensActivism.org
  8. TheRealityCheck.org
  9. RightNation.us

According to Ned Holstein, MD, a public health specialist in Boston, “By making sure that media reports about domestic violence are accurate, RADAR performs an important public service.   The history of public health shows that we cannot cure problems such as domestic violence until we share an accurate understanding of them.”

R.A.D.A.R. – Respecting Accuracy in Domestic Abuse Reporting – is a non-profit, non-partisan organization of men and women working to improve the effectiveness of our nation's approach to solving domestic violence. http://www.mediaradar.org.

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