Last several years, and 2014 in particular, have seen the national exposure of domestic violence by high profile athletes in this country, However, all of that exposure is one sided and misleading. Instead of confronting the reality of domestic violence head on without slanting the facts to suit agendas, mainstream media and professional sports leagues are focusing solely on women as the victims.
The Superbowl is this weekend and the National Football League and the Organization No More are about to televise an ad that is misleading and false. I won’t compound their publicity campaign by airing the ad on my site. Women are not the only victims of domestic violence, they never have been.
Latest published figures from the Department of Justice and the Centers for Disease Control show that 53% of men are the victims of Intimate Partner Violence (aka Domestic Abuse). That number is staggering, 1 in 2 men are the victims of domestic violence. The same paper goes on to analyze that as violence against men rises, violence against women decreases.
The NFL, advertisers, organizations, families, schools, citizen, and governments need to stop treating domestic violence as a crime by men against women. They need to stop treating women solely as victims. Men and Women are capable of violence, both in the home and out of the home. The continued societal role of seeing men as the perpetrators and women as the victim leads to the horrible situation we find ourselves in now.
Men are afraid to report domestic abuse because they aren’t believed, societal scorn, public humiliation, etc. Women are painted solely in the light of the role of victim. Domestic abuse is wrong, covering up the truth is even worse.
So, by all means lets end domestic violence and quash the stigma attached to reporting it but let’s do so honestly and openly. Men are not the only perpetrators of domestic violence, and women are not its only victims.