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Call 'Foul' on the ABA's Gender-Political Agenda!

Sixteen years ago Sheila Kuehl held a press conference shortly before the Super Bowl to announce the startling news that domestic violence increased 40% after men watched professional football games. It was a complete hoax – but that didn't the stop her myth from being endlessly recycled.

Now, a new group is out there broadcasting DV myths. This time it's the American Bar Association's Commission on Domestic Violence. These myths are found in the ABA flyer, "10 Myths about Custody and Domestic Violence and How t o Counter Them."

Last summer RADAR issued a Special Report debunking the claims – http://www.mediaradar.org/docs/RADARreport-Myths-of-ABA-Commission-on-DV-Summary.pdf – and requested the ABA to remove the flyer.

But the flyer is still there, stereotyping men in the worst possible ways: http://www.abanet.org/domviol/custody_myths.pdf

Now, a recent article published in the peer-reviewed journal Aggression and Violent Behavior provides a blistering critique of the ABA material. Written by Donald Dutton, Kenneth Corvo, and John Hamel, the article reveals, "almost without exception, the resource materials offered to dispel these myths are flawed, biased, outdated, and/or inconclusive research studies."

The authors conclude the flawed report leads to the "mis-education of practitioners, specifically, the legal profession and custody assessors."

To read the article, go to http://mediaradar.org/docs/Dutton_GenderParadigmInDV-Pt2.pdf.

Please contact ABA president Thomas Wells today at .

The ABA flyer contributes to our society's stereotyping and vilification of fathers and men as wife-beaters and abusers. Tell Mr. Wells he needs to blow the whistle on the half-truths and lies from the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence.

Date of RADAR Release: February 2, 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. http://mediaradar.org