Monday, January 21, 2008

RADAR Civil Rights Project: Act Now to Stop Sex Discrimination!

Have you or someone you know been caught in the clutches of domestic violence and needed help?

Everyday hundreds of men in America experience this situation. If they dare to approach a program funded by the Violence Against Women Act for help, far too often they are RIDICULED AND SENT AWAY.

So in spite of the Congressional mandate that VAWA not discriminate against male victims, less than 10% of persons served by VAWA-funded programs are male - see NOW IS THE TIME FOR ACTION TO STOP THIS TRAVESTY!

Today we are unveiling the RADAR Civil Rights Project. The project is devoted to the simple notion that men who have suffered from partner violence are just as deserving of help as females.

This Alert is our call to action.

Have you ever experienced sex-based discrimination by a DV service provider? Have you called for police help, and told to go away because they said you were probably the abuser? Has a friend of yours ever been given a straight-arm by a VAWA-funded program?

This is the closed-minded attitude we are dealing with:

"Whenever I speak of male abuse, I am met with disbelief and, even worse, laughter…I notice in talking with other shelter staff throughout the state that this attitude prevails in the other shelters, too." – Jan Dimmitt, Kelso, WA

So go to the RADAR website at You will be asked to fill out two forms asking the Department of Justice to investigate your case. We will ask you to also mail a copy of your complaint to RADAR. We will compile the complaints and take further action as needed.

Let's stop complaining how bad things are. For the sake of our families and our children, take action now.

Date of RADAR Release: January 21, 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.

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