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Once upon a time there was a comic strip called "Bring- ing Up Father." It featured a wealthy family: Maggie the stout, domineering wife; Jiggs the rotund, henpecked hus- band and a beautiful, blond adult daughter who followed her mother's lead in belittling and making a buffoon of Jiggs. Maggie insulted Jiggs, made a fool of him and often hit him with a rolling pin. Readers laughed and laughed, very funny. Cer- tainly, no one ever thought of Maggie hitting Jiggs as "domestic violence." It was. Jiggs was never referred to as abused. He was. Reported figures for do- mestic violence where men are the victims are very low, approximately 5 percent compared to 95 percent for women. It's impossible to know how pervasive the problem is because men are reluctant to admit being a victim of abuse. In most cases, a man won't risk the feared humiliation and ridi- cule. Sat 10 - 5 June 13ti & 14th Cmll e At 1 -800-449- 1269 Programming Packages Starting at About a Dollar a Day!'" to d# app.. Offer valid ltvot ,k. 31,1 @9?CAt-Ol be coml.,,ed wilh any olh .       L  tx may apply  not inaude instalaUon. Bas , #elsca l:aumges. Pnoes am su o chae. Local sates   . , C, X,  ancl PBS m available w to households tt emet et that nether, olt.the Irw te teal    a   a   mice  @17 PII/F.STAR BY TSAT, II Ill III I VALLEY DENTAL Gr',.ouP He usually doesn't call the police, go to the emergency room or seek help or protection. Support groups for abused men are now being considered, a few exist. Support groups like "No to Abuse" want abused men to have the same help and support as abused women. However, there are usually not enough men willing to participate to have a group. Abused men are not necessarily battered. However, men are hit, kicked, the target of thrown objects and other acts of violence much more often than is reported. Many men are beat without being hit. Owen is a friendly, nice looking, bright, helpful guy. Honest and conscientious, he can always be counted on. Owen is devoted to his wife, Linda, and their adopted child, an orphaned nephew. He returned to college to complete his degree in accounting while continuing to work full-time to 1 support his family. Linda complains constantly about Owen and the "way we live." She periodically appears at his workplace scream- ing invectives, sometimes slapping him and accusing him of affairs with any females in the office. Owen has lost several good jobs even though his work is excellent. He has never sought a support group, called the police or gone to a shelter. Wayne and Julie are a storybook couple. Wayne openly ados his beautiful wife, and takes an active role in raising their children. He works constantly to upgrade their modest home. They have a heavy debt load on their two new vehicles, but both had good jobs. Julie was out of work for while creating a lot of finan- cial stress. Julie has become openly critical of Wayne. Nothing he does pleases her. On her new job, Julie has met an older man who appears to be financially well off. ,Many nights she doesn't come 1420 E. State Highway 372 Pahtump. NV. 89041 727-6615 Continued on page 19