Archive for October 17th, 2010

Commentary: Domestic abuse is gender-blind

Russell Lindquist

By Russell Lindquist

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — Rape is ignored every day.  The rape of men in prison officially never occurs, because to the thinking of the law enforcement community rape is  the forced, non-consensual carnal knowledge of a female.

Domestic violence is misunderstood when thought of as necessarily a male perpetrator and a female victim.

In their book, Behind Closed Doors: Violence in the American Family, Suzanne K. Steinmetz, Murray A. Strauss and Richard J. Gelles report that there is an “approximately equal number of assaults on partners by men and women”; and further it states that “more than a hundred studies” substantiate these figures.

There are those in our culture who cling to the indefensible idea that women are virtually incapable of crimes such as domestic-violence. Further, there are those who believe that a woman would only attack a man in defense, but that women are otherwise inherently nonviolent.  However, such female-centric chauvinism simply does not stand up to scrutiny.

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