April 28, 2009
Contact: Ron Grignol, <>
NOW vs. Rush Limbaugh on DV - Who's Right?
WASHINGTON, April 28, 2009 – Last week NOW, and the blogs Media
Matters and Daily Kos attacked Rush Limbaugh for saying on the air:
"Remember when the NOW gang and all these other social
interest groups started asking women if they'd ever been a victim of
domestic violence? They didn't like the numbers they got initially. The
numbers weren't high enough for the NOW gang. So they expanded the
definition to include a man shouting at them. A man shouting at them
equaled domestic violence. It didn't matter if the women shouted first."
Melody Drnach, Action Vice President of NOW, responded:
"It shows that NOW and other advocacy groups are on the
right track spreading the message of domestic violence when even Rush
Limbaugh agreed that domestic violence comes in all forms – physical
abuse, mental abuse and verbal abuse ... When Rush Limbaugh understands
that shouting is a form of domestic violence, then we are on the right
track. Then we did something right."
Washington attorney Lisa Scott explains:
"Domestic violence has become whatever the man does that
the woman doesn't like. Finding out she is having an affair and
demanding she stop is seen as 'abuse.' This often triggers the woman to
file for a restraining order, where no real evidence is required. In my
18 years of family law practice, I have seen this pattern occur over
Congress currently spends approx. $1 billion (!) annually on domestic
violence programs, and the recent economic stimulus bill just added
another $325 million. Additionally, domestic violence programs often
receive sizeable private donations as well as state and local funding.
RADAR (Respecting Accuracy in Domestic Abuse Reporting) reports that
Congressional spending this year works out to approximately $2,948 per
female domestic violence victim. (http://www.mediaradar.org/alert20090420.php)
The 2010 demand for a
funding increase amounts to an additional $623 per female domestic
violence victim every year. Meanwhile, federal funding for male
victims is negligible.
Domestic violence advocates often claim that 33% of women are domestic
violence victims, but according to the U.S. Dept. of Justice the actual
percentage of women victimized by their intimate partners is 0.36%.
"I don't doubt that NOW and other DV advocates truly concerned for the
wellbeing of real victims, as are we," says RADAR spokesman Ron
Grignol. "True victims of domestic violence should get all the help
they need. But it's unconscionable that DV advocates continually
expand the definition, so they can increase their share of
Congressional funding while promoting their anti-family agenda."
According to the U.S. Dept. of Justice, the rate of domestic violence
in intact families is roughly 10 times lower than in any other family
Mr. General Parker, RADAR spokesman and Obama delegate at last summer's
Democratic Convention, says, "I don't often agree with Rush but his
comments about the continual expansion of the definition of domestic
violence are correct. When a woman shouts at a man this is considered
normal family behavior. But if a man shouts back, he can be removed
from his house and separated from his children."
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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