Women Need Not Fear: Event to Spotlight Super Bowl Hoax

Jan 24, 2011, 09:03 ET from Stop Abusive and Violent Environments

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Christina Hoff Sommers, author of Who Stole Feminism? will headline a press conference to be held in Washington, DC on Thursday, January 27, 12:00 – 1:30pm. The conference, "Super Bowl Hoax Anniversary," will reveal how the original domestic violence hoax was engineered, and document how the abuse industry continues to distort the truth of partner abuse.

Other panelists include Philip Cook, author of Abused Men, and Carl Starling, who was himself a victim of a false accusation of domestic violence.

The Super Bowl Hoax, which occurred on January 28, 1993 falsely claimed that more women are victims of domestic violence on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year. The disinformation scheme spawned many other myths about intimate partner aggression. A full account of the incident can be seen here: http://www.snopes.com/crime/statistics/superbowl.asp

The event is sponsored by the Eagle Forum and by Stop Abusive and Violent Environments (SAVE), and will be held at the Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave., NE, Washington DC.

"For years, the domestic violence industry has used taxpayer money to scare American women into believing they are safer on the streets than at home," notes Phyllis Schlafly of the Eagle Forum. "That's ridiculous, of course. The safest place for women is in an intact, married relationship."

Last week SAVE released a report that documents how most abuse programs distort the facts about partner violence. The report, "Most DV Educational Programs Lack Accuracy, Balance, and Truthfulness" concludes that nine out of 10 abuse education programs fail to meet minimum standards of accuracy: http://www.saveservices.org/downloads/SAVE-DV-Educational-Programs

One such myth is the claim that "domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44." According to University of Pennsylvania researcher Richard Gelles, "as good a sound bite as it is, the statement is simply not true." The leading causes of injury to women are unintentional falls, motor vehicle accidents, and over-exertion, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Media representatives who wish to attend the conference, or to interview Christina Hoff Sommers or other panelists, can register here: tstoddard@saveservices.org .

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