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ABC Primetime Awarded "RADAR Accuracy In Journalism" Award

ABC's News Show "Primetime" has been awarded a "RADAR Accuracy In Journalism" award for its December 26th, 2006 story "Turning the Tables: How Do People React When There's Abuse in Public, But the Gender Roles Are Reversed". (See http://abcnews.go.com/Primetime/story?id=2741047)

The story took a look at what happens when women abuse men. A video segment consisting of two trained actors in a city park was filmed to document public reactions to female-on-male violence. Reactions by the public were limited to the extremes. 163 passers-by were indifferent. Four women sent an emissary to talk with them, but left after the actress said, "This is not your business". However, one of the women did report it to 911. In contrast, another woman made a fist as she walked by, muttering, "Good for you. You go, girl!" (See http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=2754248).

This story documents our biases about domestic violence. According to Carrie Keating, a psychology professor at Colgate University, women assaulting or abusing male partners "is a big problem in this country". Our cultural biases exist predominantly because few media outlets have addressed the issue neutrally.

While the CDC estimates there are more than 800,000 serious cases of female-perpetrated abuse annually, this figure is known to be low. Men often do not report abuse, and few hotlines accept or assist men even if they attempt to seek assistance.

America's failure to address domestic violence, regardless of the perpetrator, is damaging to family and society.

Please take a few moments to send a message to ABC Primetime <abc.news.magazines@abc.com> thanking them for their work.

Dear Primetime,

I thank you for showing the truth about domestic violence in your documentary story "Turning the Tables: How Do People React When There's Abuse in Public, But the Gender Roles Are Reversed".

Please keep up the good work. Without change, social policy and law enforcement methods will continue hurting America's families and children.


[Your Name]

Date of RADAR Release: January 8, 2007

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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