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The "Scalping Politicians" Email Is Not From RADAR

It has come to our attention that an email that was neither composed nor approved by RADAR is being circulated over the signature "RADAR." The email states, "When our target politician loses on November 2, we wave around the person's scalp, to send an indelible message to other politicians that they'd better get serious about VAWA reform."

Inflammatory language like this is anathema to RADAR's philosophy. In order for a demoracy to function properly, it is essential that people who hold different opinions be able to talk to each other and try to convince each other with solidly-backed, reasoned arguments. We cannot expect politicians to listen to us unless we respect their right to their own beliefs. RADAR never threatens to "wave around" anyone's scalp.

Was RADAR's name attached to this email by a misguided supporter or by someone who wanted to discredit us? There's no way for us to know. But just in case it's the former, we'd like to ask our supporters to refrain from attaching our name to anything we haven't approved. Any email whose "From" header doesn't contain the domain mediaradar.org is most likely not from RADAR. If you have any doubts, check with us at . Thank you all for your support.

Date of RADAR Release: May 17, 2010

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