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Is This What Congress Had in Mind for VAWA?

For the past several weeks, an organization called The Family Place has been running ads on in the Dallas area buses featuring young children.

In one ad a young boy says when: " I grow up I will beat my wife." Another ad features a young African-American girl who says "when I grow up my husband will kill me".

Glenn Sacks has lead the charge against these ads. You can check out his efforts at http://glennsacks.com/dart.

These ads create many problems, not the least of which is that they misrepresent the true nature of domestic violence.

Featuring a young girl with this message that her husband will kill her when she grows up implies that domestic violence is widespread especially in marriage. But census statistics show that domestic violence rates in marriage are around 0.2%. See http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/intimate/table/wommar.htm.

And depicting this young girl as African-American stereotypes African-American boys as future abusers.

Much of the funding for these ads comes from government grant programs like the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). VAWA reauthorization will be coming up in the next Congress. By the time that happens, these ads will be long gone. But it's important for our Senators and Congressman to know what domestic violence organizations are using taxpayer money for.

Last Friday RADAR distributed a flyer about the ads to all 100 U.S. Senate Offices. The members of the House of Representatives also need a copy. Please:

  1. Download the flyer at (http://mediaradar.org/docs/RADARflyer-DART.pdf)
  2. Find out who your your congressional rep. is and how to contact them at http://writerep.house.gov
  3. Fax or e-mail the flyer to your congressional rep. and tell them you don't want you taxpayer money spent this way.

As always, be sure to be polite and courteous.

Date of RADAR Release: November 17, 2008

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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://mediaradar.org