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Colorado News Media Ignores DV Against Men
posted by Scott on Saturday September 09, @10:01PM
from the media/domestic-violence dept.
The Media Dr. Charles Corry has done an investigation of Colorado's leading newspaper, The Denver Post, and found some very biased reporting on domestic violence. Dr. Corry runs the DV Against Men - CO web site, and recently became a site sponsor. Read on to take a look at his findings and see an example of how to bring a media outlet to task for ignoring critical men's issues.

As of August, 2000, Colorado's leading newspaper has run some fifty (50) stories on domestic violence against women, lesbians, and gays since July, 1999 http://www.denverpost.com/news/violence/violence.htm Incredibly, not one story covers intimate violence against or abuse of heterosexual men by women.

Is this what passes in Colorado for fair and balanced reporting?

None of the stories such as the one of the U.S. Attorney who ran over her boyfriend twice, the FBI agent who hit her husband in the face with a snow shovel, or any of the rest of the many news stories the Denver Post covered on domestic violence against men are included or referenced in your coverage of family violence.

Conversely, many vignettes describing violence by Colorado women against their intimate partners can be found in the Violent Women chapter of Domestic Violence Against Men - Colorado at http://www.dvmen.org/dv-70.htm

Some of the many murders of husbands and lovers by women in Colorado are covered in the Women Who Kill section at http://www.dvmen.org/dv-72.htm

I will admit that the idea that heterosexual men should have equal rights with women and homosexuals is radical in these enlightened times. However, heterosexual men are people too.

Note also that seven resources are given in Colorado for gay and lesbian help with domestic violence http://www.dvmen.org/dv-87.htm while only two can be found for heterosexual men http://www.dvmen.org/dv-81.htm and those two are very limited.

I don't think fewer services should be provided women or homosexuals who are victims of intimate violence. But there is no known reason that established shelters cannot help ALL victims of abuse and violence regardless of sex or sexual orientation.

At present, however, I wouldn't suggest any abused man call up the local shelter and expect help. Perhaps that can be changed?


Charles E. Corry, Ph.D., F.G.S.A.

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