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The Painful Cost of Disbelieving Women

The Painful Cost of Disbelieving Women by Barry Goldstein. A man in one of the batterer classes I teach couldn’t wait to bring up the Duke Lacrosse and Tawana Brawley cases to counter research that women rarely make false reports of rape or abuse.  While many men in the class, like the general public are familiar with the rare cases in which a woman

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Confronting the Commercial Sex Industry: Many Losses, a Few Bright Spots

Dr. Robert Brannon* The NOMAS National Task Group on Sex-Trafficking, Pornography, & the Commercial Sex Industry attempts to monitor events in this wide range of issues. The National Task Group is Chaired by Dr. Robert Brannon, with the involvement of other NOMAS leaders including Moshe Rozdzial, Phyllis Frank, Chris O’Sullivan, Rose Garrity and others. It has regular exchanges with feminist leaders and activists across

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Intersectional Dominance-White, Straight, Christian, Patriarchy-Won the Election!

By Moshe Rozdzial, PhD* Many explanations have been proposed, in the weeks since the presidential election, for Trump’s win, and, to one degree or another, most have some validity. One explanation – working class economic insecurity – seems unsupported. The economy is at its healthiest since the Bush-era recession.  Gas prices are at 1998 levels and unemployment is at record low levels. Clinton’s email

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DONALD TRUMP AND THE SEX INDUSTRY

DONALD TRUMP AND THE SEX INDUSTRY Robert Brannon National Organization for Men Against Sexism SEXUALITY IS A CENTRAL, life-enhancing, and important part of our lives, but its commercial exploitation for profits has had many negative consequences, for individuals, and for our society. The National Organization for Men Against Sexism (1) sponsors a National Task Group which monitors and critiques the commercial sex industry: a

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What is Fair for Children of Abusive Men?

by Jack C. Straton, Ph.D.   I want to express my deep gratitude to Ellen Pence, Madeline Dupre, Jim Soderberg and the others from the Duluth Domestic Abuse Intervention Project for giving me this opportunity to speak with you. The State of Minnesota should be proud that, quite literally, the world looks to this program for guidance on understanding and ending domestic violence. I

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How Stopping Abuse Saves Billions

The Quincy Solution Provides Enormous Benefits to Businesses By Barry Goldstein   The business community took an active role in the discussion and politics of the Affordable Care Act.  They did so because of the potential for the law to have huge financial implications for their businesses.  The same business leaders essentially sat out the debate over renewal of the Violence Against Women Act

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Serious Health Consequences to Children Witnessing Domestic Violence

by Barry Goldstein New Research Requires Changes in Custody Court Practices Starting with the ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) study in 1998 medical researchers have established the enormous and long term harm to children from being exposed to traumatic events such as witnessing domestic violence and direct physical or sexual abuse.  The research establishes that there is a cumulative adversity so that the more exposure

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Why the Official Rejection of PAS Matters

by Barry Goldstein   There have been a lot of stories recently about the release of the DSM-V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) which contains all of the officially recognized mental health diagnoses. The “fathers’ rights” groups that were created to support male supremacy and the cottage industry of lawyers and mental health professionals that make their living supporting abusive fathers aggressively

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Custody Courts Need to Expand Sources of Information in DV Cases

by Barry Goldstein   A few years ago, the Canadian Institute of Health hired me to help review grant proposals about gender, violence and health. I participated in a meeting in Ottawa with a few dozen researchers and representatives of organizations that use this research. It was an amazing discussion because all of the participants were familiar with the current scientific research about domestic

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When 50-50 Is Not Fair: The Case Against Couple Counseling When Men Abuse Women

Phyllis B. Frank and Gail Kadison Golden   Social workers in a variety of settings are frequently called on to counsel couples who seek help with aspects of their lives that range from assistance with child rearing to communication, sexual, and other relationship issues.  It is only in recent years, however, that we have begun to recognize that many couples who seek marriage and

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