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A scourge that continues

October 04, 2005

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but a Friday night vigil scheduled by a local agency that aids battered woman and sexual-abuse victims was cancelled because its insurer feared it might be disrupted by "irate husbands."

It is a shame that 28 years after the founding of Citizens Assisting and Sheltering the Abused (CASA), fear of such abuse is still such a large part of this community's life.

Anyone who doubts that should read The Herald-Mail's list of police calls and note how many "domestic disturbance" items are listed.

Like child abuse, domestic violence is learned behavior. Men whose fathers were abusers tend to be abusers themselves, and women whose mothers were abused are more likely to accept it as normal.

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It is not. It is a scourge that costs this community money - in extra police and court costs and in aid to families shattered by it.

But just because the rally was cancelled doesn't mean that the abusers have won. To register your support for the victims, please consider sending a contribution to CASA Inc. at 116 W. Baltimore St., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

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