Dear Friends,

Three years ago Attorney General Eric Holder let loose with this humdinger: “intimate partner homicide is the leading cause of death for African-American women ages 15 to 45.” 

For nearly three years persons have been calling for a correction, including Christina Hoff SommersMark Perry, and the Washington Post Fact Checker Glenn Kessler: http://www.saveservices.org/camp/stereotypes/

On January 17, changes were made to the DOJ website. But instead of removing the inaccurate information, they just added this to the bottom of the page:

PLEASE NOTE: These remarks, as originally delivered in 2009, cited a statistic naming intimate partner homicide as the leading cause of death for African-American women ages 15 to 45. This statistic was drawn from a range of reputable sources, including a 2003 study by the National Institute of Justice. However, recent figures indicate other causes of death-including cancer and heart disease-outrank intimate partner homicide for this age group.

But this “clarification” actually implies the claim was once true: “This statistic was drawn from a range of reputable sources”!

Tell the Department of Justice to stop its portrayal of Black men as abusers!

Thank you, 

teri 

Teri Stoddard, Program Director
Stop Abusive and Violent Environments
www.saveservices.org

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