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January 26, 2010 - 12:15 pm

It seems that men being abused a href=”http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/8481734.stm”is at least being acknowledged as a remote possibility in Scotland/a (thanks to the reader who sent me this story):br /br /blockquoteA male domestic abuse victim has told MSPs how his former wife threatened to stab him while he slept and threw a deep fat fryer at him.br /br /He and another male victim spoke anonymously as campaigners took their case to Holyood’s petitions committee.br /br /Alison Waugh and Jackie Walls called on the Scottish government to ensure domestic abuse campaigns addressed the needs of male victims.br /br /The committee agreed to raise the issue with ministers.br /br /The victims, identified as Mr A and Mr B, gave evidence with their faces hidden from public view.br /br /Recounting his story, Mr A said abused men needed more support./blockquotebr /br /I agree but the first support men need is to stop having to hide their head in shame and remain hidden from view. I don’t blame them, of course, but if only a few men come forward and look ashamed, how many others will speak up? Not many, I’m sure. The government will then conclude that no evidence exists that men are abused. Of course, ironically, if all the abused men came forward, the government would probably conclude the same thing. Sexist stereotypes are hard to overcome, especially when a whole PC industry is build around them.

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