Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2009 02:16:39 -0500
From: RADAR Info <info@mediaradar. org>
Subject: RADAR ALERT: Where IS the Accuracy in Domestic Abuse Reporting?
Where IS the Accuracy in Domestic Abuse Reporting?
Recently, an ABC World News Report story by Charlie Gibson was presented as
Protecting Teens from Teenage Violence. The more accurate name should have
been How to Protect Your Daughters From Those Violent Teenage Boys.
A report issued by Richard L. Davis, MS and MA, “ABC News Report on
Domestic Violence Dating: Harmful or Helpful?”
<http://mensnewsdail y.com/2009/ 01/12/abc- news-report- on-domestic- violence- dating-harmful- or-helpful>,
shows that the media continues to present an awfully skewed portrayal of
domestic abuse, completely ignoring the need to be gender neutral in its
evaluation. Davis points to Liz Claiborne, Inc., which developed and
distributed its own A Parent’s Guide to Teen Dating Violence: Questions to
Start the Conversation.
This handbook completely ignored Liz Claiborne’s own “teen relationship
abuse survey” that clearly indicates that male teens are no more abusive
than their female counterpart s. On the contrary, the survey indicated the
opposite. Yet the handbook denotes “he” as the abuser and “she” as the
Interpretation of statistics can obviously be subjective, especially by the
side who is viewing and attempting to extract a story from it. But as Davis
points out, when presenting information to the masses, it is irresponsible
to take the bits and pieces that are to your liking and throw out the rest.
Contact Charlie Gibson and the producers at ABC’s World News Report and let
them know that they need to be conscious of the bias and should present the
facts … ALL of them. You can reach him at
<http://abcnews. go.com/Site/ page?id=3271346& cat=World% 20News%20with% 20Charles% 20Gibson>
Further, send a message to Liz Claiborne, Inc. that they can’t ignore their
own research … that it dilutes the results and gives a false picture. You
can reach them at loveisnotabuse@ liz.com .
As always, be polite.
Date of RADAR Release: 19 January 2009
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.