PM misquotes bad research stigmatising boys and young men
Saturday, September 26, 2015
One in Three Campaign

During the announcement last week of the $100M Women’s Safety Package, our new PM made the following claim:

There's been research done which Michaelia Cash can talk about further, which shows that, for example, one in four young men think it's OK to slap a girlfriend when you've been drinking.

The actual research put forward the following scenario and asked young people aged 14 to 24 whether they thought it was a serious issue:

A guy is as gentle as a lamb, it is just every now and again when he gets drunk he and his girlfriend fight and sometimes he slaps her lightly.

76% of young people (both boys and girls) said they thought this was a serious issue (88% of their parents did too).

The problems with the PM’s claim are as follows:

The research was appallingly designed, using leading questions to get the result the researchers wanted. Add to that the usual misquoting by the powers that be and, voilà!, we have "evidence" that without re-education, little boys are destined to become perpetrators of domestic violence.

We need to have zero tolerance for all violence and abuse, no matter how "slight". Stigmatising boys and young men by misquoting bad research doesn't help to reduce violence.

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