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Smart Talk: NO MORE Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Week

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Mar 12, 2015 2:34 PM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Friday, March 13, 2015:

NO MORE is a two-year-old campaign designed to bring attention and awareness to domestic violence and sexual assault.  NO MORE Week runs until Saturday and we'll learn more about it on Friday's Smart Talk.

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Scott Lamar wearing the blue No More pin

The statistics alone should get attention.

One in three women and one in four men experience violence from their partners in their lifetimes.  One in five women are survivors of rape.  One in four women and one in six men were sexually abused before the age of 18.

Those numbers may or may not be entirely accurate because often incidents of both domestic violence and sexual assault go unreported.

However more often today, survivors of past abuse and incidents are coming forward to tell their stories as the public is better educated and aware.

Appearing on Friday's program are Peg Dierkers, Executive Director of Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Kristen Houser, Vice President, Public Relations for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape.

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Peg Dierkers and Kristen Houser

Also, WITF's Capitol Bureau Chief Mary Wilson joins us for Capitol Week-in-Review.

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-03-13 08:34

    Patricia writes:

    Thank you for this. Since the vast majority of perpetrators of violence against children, women and men are men, where are the men's groups...this is a man's issue. What does a civilized man look in how does a civilized man act in our society in the 21 century?...and how do we impress it upon the young generation coming up. Men need to man up!

    • Lance Smith img 2015-03-20 06:52

      Actually Patricia, it is a myth that men are the "vast majority" of domestic violence perpetrators. In fact, women are as often or even more often perpetrators of domestic violence. In fact, when it comes to children, women are far more likely to be the perpetrator.

      The myth of the "evil male" is being sold by the media and myopic "social justice" movements that care more about selling an ideology than understanding the science.

      This is not a "men's problem" it is a societal problem.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-03-13 08:36

    Manuel asks:

    Have your guests seen any changes, increase or decrease, in reports of men who suffer from domestic violence, and do they feel we will EVER see an increase in how MALE victims get services?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-03-13 08:51

    Manuel writes:

    It is greatly upsetting to almost ALWAYS hear victims referred to as women, and perpetrators as men. For myself, as a victim of domestic violence for 20 years, this was EXACTLY why I did not report, and did not come forward. And even when I went to WIN and tried to report, I was met with skepticism and perceived scorn. Please refer to them as VICTIM and PERPETRATOR.

  • Lisa img 2015-03-13 08:57

    "50 Shades of Grey". Helpful to the discussion or blurring the lines?