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Teenage Girls are More Likely to Abuse, But VP Biden Skirted the Truth

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Despite calls to address the growing epidemic of abusive teenage girls, Vice President Biden

glossed over the problem during his Tuesday appearance on ABC’s The

View. Stop Abusive and Violent Environments (SAVE) is calling on the

Vice President to remove the veil of silence that envelops the problem.


Surveys now show high school girls are more likely than boys to engage

in physical violence with their dating partners. But VP Biden only

spoke of girls as victims and never mentioned them as possible

perpetrators. Host Whoopi Goldberg even asked the Vice President a

direct question about the reality of dating violence, but Biden did not

respond to the question:


“And will you just also remind people, remind the women that the way to

get a man’s attention is not to hit him? Do not hit him. (applause)

Because this is something violence in itself, is something we need to

teach kids is not to perpetrate on each other. No?”


Earlier this month a judge in Memphis, Tenn. ruled 17-year-old Renee

Addison would stand trial as an adult following the fatal shooting of

her dating partner, Sarah Gailbraith. The two were known to be in a

relationship and had dated off and on for five years.


In June, 17-year-old Vanessa McGhee stabbed her boyfriend during a

dispute in their Brooklyn apartment. McGhee was later charged with

second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.


The Center for Disease Control’s Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance

Survey reveals males are being victimized at a higher rate than

females: 10 percent of teenage males versus 9 percent of teenage

females report dating violence. In the American Journal of Public

Health, a study of young adults revealed a dramatic gap for one-way

violence: in 71 percent of cases, females were the aggressors.


SAVE has sent the vice president a letter highlighting how teenage

females are now more likely than high school males to resort to partner





“The Vice President ignored the majority of teens caught up in abusive

dating relationships during his appearance on The View,” explains SAVE

spokesman Philip W. Cook. “He needs to set the record straight: teenage

girls are as likely as boys to slap, hit, and kick their partners.

Violence by anyone only increases the risk of being injured in return.

We need a consistent message about dating violence that is based on

factual information and more closely rooted in reality.”

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