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Abused Men Bookreview

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Whenever the thought of domestic violence comes to mind, more than often the visual picture is a women or a child. But there is another side that is ignored because it is bushed up under the rug, and ignored as if it is seemingly impossible for it to happen and that is the abuse of men; this review will examine this important and neglected issue that society seems to ignore.
On the contrary there are several conflicts that destroy a relationship. The biggest conflicts that seem more widely publicized and always at the forefront is infidelity, poor financial handling, sex, children and abuse. Seemingly, abuse is something that is more tolerated and unmentioned as a code of silence on both ...view middle of the document...

This story proved just how the media stayed away from words such as domestic violence or spousal abuse, but instead used the words general crime. Moskowitz was interviewed by fifty to sixty female reporters compared to the four men that interviewed him, in his own words Moskowitz belief was; That male reporters are afraid they will be accused of sexist bias, if they were to report on this story or any story of its kind and beyond that it may be an visceral response which may be realized. The subject of men abuse makes many of men uncomfortable.
Retired CBS TV anchor Walter Cronkitehas pointed out that it takes courage to be a journalist, a kind of courage that he sees inincreasingly short supply in the profession— not the courage to face bullets covering a warbut the courage to face the dismay and disapproval of the public and particularly one'sboss, colleagues, and friends in bringing to the public's attention an important butcontroversial topic. If Cronkite is correct in his assessment, certainly the subject ofabused men currently qualifies as an issue that some journalists may lack the inclinationor courage to pursue.
Abuse could be distributed verbally, physically, mentally, and emotionally; no matter the type of abuse it seems to leave a much more lasting impression upon the victim and if children are involved the children as well. Abuse often times will leave permanent scarring that could predict the future outcome of one’s life.
The author, Phillip W. Cook, outlines the hidden experiences of male domestic violence in his book; “Abused Men: The Hidden Side of Domestic Violence”, the book is celebrating its fourteenth anniversary and second edition from its original work in 1997, the author has brought to the forefront studies upon studies around the world, within different cultures showing surprising large numbers of men who have been abused. This detail study may come to a shock to those who have never witnessed abuse within their families, their environment, or who has never been abused theirselves.
Cook’s study has shown the increasing rising rate of women abusers over the last forty years. Cook does an excellent job of not entertaining misogynist, by degrading women in any way. Instead, he does an exceptional job of his findings showing that women are not the only victims of abuse and that abuse could be delivered by both a man and a woman.
Cook delivers a clear and concise summary from men victims, who has been subjected to physical abuse and psychological abuse on a first hand basis, the experiences that these men went through is extremely shocking to believe, the clarification that these men pointed out is that with the western culture it is believed that men could not be a victim of domestic abuse from a women.
Several of the stories show where the police had been called on numerous occasions, to intervene with the domestic violence and on each occasion the assistance was refused, because of the stereotypical thoughts...

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