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Postby Belial » Sat Mar 03, 2007 12:17 am UTC

Men actually do have surprisingly high numbers as victims of domestic violence, at least in the states....
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Postby Lani » Sat Mar 03, 2007 12:32 am UTC

Unjovial, very cool, and good for you for working in social services. It's not an easy job, and it needs all the good people it can get.
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Postby Lani » Sat Mar 03, 2007 12:34 am UTC

Belial wrote:Men actually do have surprisingly high numbers as victims of domestic violence, at least in the states....


Well, it's definitely occuring, but what I've read always said that since it's so rarely reported, it's difficult to know stats with any kind of accuracy.
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Postby Belial » Sat Mar 03, 2007 12:37 am UTC

Yeah, that is the problem. All I've read are estimates, based on what gets reported, and how much "experts" assume goes unreported for every one that does.

Not precise or scientific at all.
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Postby aisling » Sat Mar 03, 2007 12:39 am UTC

Styhn wrote:
aisling wrote:
Styhn wrote:Hello everyone. I'm new here but this seems like a cool forum :) I'm a math student from Holland, 20 years old, and uh... Well that's about it.


I'm going to Holland in 34 days :D

I'm really excited. It's a school trip.


Hehe, I'm trying to get into an exchange-program to spend one semester in Canada :)


A friend of a friend of mine from Japan recently finished a year in Canada at high school, and as far as I can tell, she loved it. Canada is a really cool place when you're not used to it, but it does get a tad boring living here all the time.

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Postby aldimond » Sat Mar 03, 2007 12:44 am UTC

And, and, and...

I am not an expert in domestic abuse, so I don't pretend to speak with authority. But my guess is that there also are plenty of cases where women and children are abused and don't report it. Their reasons for keeping it secret probably revolve around fear a lot of the time. Fear of retaliation, fear of humiliation. Same reasons that men wouldn't report.

The credo of a group like Unjovial's encourages women and children to report abuse. If this is effective, and if men largely do not report abuse, then shouldn't they be also encouraged to report abuse?
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Postby rachel » Sat Mar 03, 2007 1:45 am UTC

Coming from a background of emotional abuse and having watched my mother and one of my sisters be physically abused, but never report it, I can tell you that for the most part it is out of fear of being taken out of their comfort zone. Yes, what's happening to them is absolutely horrible, but if that is what you've gotten used to for so long, leaving that is scary as hell. I watched my mother, on a nightly basis, be beaten by my dad for ten years. When she left (as she sometimes did), she always came back. Because that is what she was used to. Because without him it was harder to do things like pay bills and live day-to-day without the presence of a man who, when he was not drunk or in a mood, was a wonderful person. The father of her children. The man who told her he loved her and cried when he apologized. In some instances (my mother, at least two of my aunts) it is something along the lines of "but I love him!" or "he is the father of my children." Or, many times, she just didn't have anyone to turn to. Everyone knew what was going on, and no one acted like they cared. So she stayed. And when people look at situations like that and say things like "I just don't see why she/he doesn't leave," they can only say that because they are not in that person's place. There are many reasons my mother never left my father, and why lots of women/men don't leave the men/women that abuse them (or their kids). I think it is absolutely amazing what people like Lani and unjovial do for people who do not have anywhere else to turn.
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Postby Belial » Sat Mar 03, 2007 1:46 am UTC

....Word.
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Postby Digger Dude » Sat Mar 03, 2007 2:25 am UTC

MY NAME IS DIGGER DUDE

IM A NICE GUY

TRUST ME

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Postby rachel » Sat Mar 03, 2007 2:34 am UTC

That is what sexual predators and serial killers say before they snatch you up. (Yes, I know this for a fact. It's science.)


Also, your name makes me want to play DigDug.
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Postby aldimond » Sat Mar 03, 2007 2:36 am UTC

Digger Dude wrote: TRUST ME


Rule #1: Never trust people that have to tell you to trust them.

Rule #2: Exception for people with Dude in their name.

EDIT: formatting fix
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Postby Digger Dude » Sat Mar 03, 2007 2:59 am UTC

DIGGER DUDE IS WATCHING YOU

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Postby aldimond » Sat Mar 03, 2007 3:07 am UTC

Digger Dude wrote:DIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU


QFT
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Postby Saladan0 » Sat Mar 03, 2007 4:11 am UTC

Love the comic, saw the forum, and decided to try and raise my IQ points a bit by reading here.

Perfect!

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Postby Fluff » Sat Mar 03, 2007 4:20 am UTC

Digger Dude wrote:DIGGER DUDE IS WATCHING YOU


CEILING CAT IS WATCHING YOU

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Postby thefiddler » Sat Mar 03, 2007 4:25 am UTC

Fluff wrote:
Digger Dude wrote:DIGGER DUDE IS WATCHING YOU

CEILING CAT IS WATCHING YOU

OH NOES! CEILING CAT IS WATCHING ME

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Postby Gordon » Sat Mar 03, 2007 4:25 am UTC

aisling wrote:
Styhn wrote:
aisling wrote:
Styhn wrote:Hello everyone. I'm new here but this seems like a cool forum :) I'm a math student from Holland, 20 years old, and uh... Well that's about it.


I'm going to Holland in 34 days :D

I'm really excited. It's a school trip.


Hehe, I'm trying to get into an exchange-program to spend one semester in Canada :)


A friend of a friend of mine from Japan recently finished a year in Canada at high school, and as far as I can tell, she loved it. Canada is a really cool place when you're not used to it, but it does get a tad boring living here all the time.


What part of Ontario do you live in again?
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Postby Swordfish » Sat Mar 03, 2007 5:05 am UTC

lanicita wrote:I already hate you because you get to be a meteorology student and I don't. *pouts*


:cry:

Well that hardly seems fair at all...

If you don't mind my asking, why don't you get to be one?
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Postby Hawknc » Sat Mar 03, 2007 5:39 am UTC

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Postby apricity » Sat Mar 03, 2007 6:02 am UTC

Swordfish wrote:
lanicita wrote:I already hate you because you get to be a meteorology student and I don't. *pouts*


:cry:

Well that hardly seems fair at all...

If you don't mind my asking, why don't you get to be one?


Because I decided I'd rather go to school in New York than a school in the middle of nowhere that actually HAD a meteorology major :?

Actually I wouldn't trade NYU for anything. I just wish we had the major here. I'm grabbing an environmental studies minor instead so I'm good.
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Postby shimavak » Sat Mar 03, 2007 6:23 am UTC

So what the hey; I've been moderately rude, I suppose, by not doing so before now, but here I am! I am here, my men are here, but soon YOU will not be here!

Regardless, what does one usually say in such an introduction so belated?

I am one known as the shimavak, with me are my wits and my +2 dagger of foreboding. I'm very much into physics (even have a bloody degree in it), and I always double-tap my intersentence spacing. Anything else is irrelivant unless proven otherwise.

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Postby unjovial » Sat Mar 03, 2007 6:39 am UTC

aldimond wrote:And, and, and...


The credo of a group like Unjovial's encourages women and children to report abuse. If this is effective, and if men largely do not report abuse, then shouldn't they be also encouraged to report abuse?


Yes, men should be encouraged to do so. I'd support a mens organisation offering the same type of service, but it might be difficult for them to obtain funding and support, considering that the statistical evidence shows overwhelming numbers of women being abused by men, rather than vice versa.

Whenever men say to me "Why isn't there a men's refuge, HUH!?" I just want to reply "Because you haven't started one yet." :wink:

So, yeah, I'm all for people being supported by the people who best understand their issues.

Normally I don't talk about my work when I'm trying to socialize.

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Postby aldimond » Sat Mar 03, 2007 7:35 am UTC

Sorry to bother you about that, bring your work in, and hijack half a page of the thread, UnJ. Actually, I very much agree that the major reason that the visibility of issues like this is limited to women and children is that men haven't taken action and was hoping you'd make that point... It makes sense that a place like yours wouldn't necessarily be able to accommodate men. Just wanted to make my point on the "fundamental right" thing.

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Postby unjovial » Sat Mar 03, 2007 7:46 am UTC

Sweet as. I get you.

Yay for welcoming me!

(Does this mean I'm special, yet?)

Hello to all the people newer than me!

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Postby aldimond » Sat Mar 03, 2007 7:53 am UTC

<cafeteria lady>
Yer special like all the rest of 'em, kid
*schlophf*
Wouldya like an extra scoop of potatoes?
*schlophf*
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Postby hermaj » Sat Mar 03, 2007 7:54 am UTC

No thankyou cafeteria lady but I would like some extra gravy on my chips.

*puppy dog eyes*?

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Postby aldimond » Sat Mar 03, 2007 8:00 am UTC

hermaj wrote:No thankyou cafeteria lady but I would like some extra gravy on my chips.

*puppy dog eyes*?


*schwipp-drip-drip*
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Postby hermaj » Sat Mar 03, 2007 8:03 am UTC

Excellent.

*runs away to a corner and munches chips, holding the carton protectively*

*gives some to Gordon* (I owe you chips!)

*munches happily*


:D!

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Postby Rat » Sat Mar 03, 2007 8:07 am UTC

who the fuck puts gravy on chips

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Postby aldimond » Sat Mar 03, 2007 8:11 am UTC

Someone's being a negative Nicky today!

*totally shorts Rat*
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Postby Rat » Sat Mar 03, 2007 8:13 am UTC

D:

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Postby aldimond » Sat Mar 03, 2007 8:14 am UTC

*Reaches out and slops some extra gravy on Rat's chips*

There ya go, kid! Put yer chin up!

:twisted:
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Postby Rat » Sat Mar 03, 2007 8:28 am UTC

*looks curiously at the mass of chips and gravy*

*dumps it in the garbage*

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Postby Spectre » Sat Mar 03, 2007 9:10 am UTC

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why this outbreak of theatrics? and onomatopoeia? dod someone open some sort of pandora's box?
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Postby Grincement » Sat Mar 03, 2007 3:44 pm UTC

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Could I have some chips purrrlease? :D
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lanicita wrote:Because I decided I'd rather go to school in New York than a school in the middle of nowhere that actually HAD a meteorology major :?

Actually I wouldn't trade NYU for anything. I just wish we had the major here. I'm grabbing an environmental studies minor instead so I'm good.


Yeah, it was a bit dissapointing for me that there were no colleges in the Philadelphia area that had meteorology (Drexel used to, but they dropped it), and that's kinda strange considering that I've heard about 50% of the meteorology majors at Penn State are from there. I was looking at SUNY Albany for a bit, but's kinda out there. My choices eventually narrowed down to here or *shudder* New Jersey. Both of which were only two hours from home, so not too bad.

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Postby LE4dGOLEM » Sat Mar 03, 2007 6:14 pm UTC

Squeak wrote:*is hungry*
Aldimond *flutters eyelashes* you're looking good today! *pushes out chest a bit*
Could I have some chips purrrlease? :D


*likes Gravy*
Aldimond *flutters dollar bill* you're looking aldimondish today! *pushes in belly a bit*
Could I have some gravy purrrlease? :D
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Postby aldimond » Sun Mar 04, 2007 12:48 am UTC

Squeak wrote:*is hungry*
Aldimond *flutters eyelashes* you're looking good today!


Why, thank you, you're looking good today also!

Squeak wrote:*pushes out chest a bit*
Could I have some chips purrrlease? :D


*hands Squeak a box of chips*

Le4dGOLEM wrote:*likes Gravy*
Aldimond *flutters dollar bill* you're looking aldimondish today! *pushes in belly a bit*


What can I say, I try. I assure you that you likewise look very much like yourself.

Could I have some gravy purrrlease? :D


*schflip-drip-drip*


OK, I think that just about wraps up my shift on lunch duty.
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Postby aisling » Sun Mar 04, 2007 2:57 am UTC

Rat wrote:who the fuck puts gravy on chips


Gravy and CHEESE CURDS is so much better.

Mmmmmmmmmmmm.

Being Canadian is totally fricken' sweet.


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