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Violence on men Continued from page 14 home from work. She tells Wayne she wants him to leave because she has the right to "a better life." Wayne has become thin and gaunt due to loss of appetite and sleep. He considers him- self a failure rather than an abused man. Angela is far from angelic in her treatment of Kent. The best friend of Angela's former husband, Kent has always loved her. He was there to care for Angela when she had a break- down after her husband divorced her to marry another woman and used her collapse to gain custody of their son. Kent was thrilled when Angela agreed to marry him. They have an expensive home and 'p with house and yard chores. They travel trequently. Kent "takes it" when Angela vents her rage on him. She castrates him verbally usually followed by pounding with her fists, slaps and kicks. "You are nothing like my father. Marrying you is the worst mistake of my life," Joan yells at David. There are frequent outbursts usually during the few precious hours David tries to sleep between his full-time night job and part- time morning job. The couple' s young children race through the house, in and out of David's bedroom, squealing, fighting and slamming doors as they go. Joan is usually talking to / her mother by phone during the children's wild esca- pades. David's sleep time is also when she does the vacu- uming and laundry. David is thin and edgy from lack of sleep. He has received several written warnings at work. He may lose the job where he started as a laborer and was rapidly promoted to supervisor for his superior performance. All of these men are abused, but not one of them has ever called the police, contacted a shelter or joined a support group. Not one of these men and many thousands like them has ever become a statistic. Their undocumented abuse is suffered alone until, as a society, we can tell them it's OK to yell "help." "No to Abuse" recognizes that men, too, need help. The agency encourages men to contact them at 751-1118. There is a volunteer facilitator and a small support group of men who meet regu- laxly. No matter who the perpetrator is 9 r who the victim is, we need to know: "There is no excuse for abuse." Whe're does the violence and abuse end? Unhappily, aging is not the key to relief. Elder abuse is a national prob- lem and is increasing. Elder abuse is the topic of IN FOCUS next week. Gazette, ,Thursday, June 5, 1997 19 fRAC00/A'00 JUNE 14th 727-7172 VALLHY00 Located East of Basin t 727-7172 IMCA = Street sto00k.I00warfs $8 Race Starts at. 7:30pm. /L Pit gate opens at. 4:30pm.  Admission gate opens at s:3Opm$4