Ottawa Citizen
Monday 13 August 2001

StatsCan should stop ignoring men

Jeffrey Asher
The Ottawa Citizen

Re: StatsCan openly discusses family violence data, July 24.

Roy Jones, director of the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, claimed the agency does not conceal the "gender" symmetry of violence between couples. But his words, "... in our past two annual reports ... over the past several years," may conceal more than they explain.

The centre's Juristat articles from 1986 to 1995 on violence offered seven titles on female victims and one on both sexes. StatsCan's Social Trends offered 33 articles on problems experienced or claimed by women and one on those of men. This article allocation characterizes Canada as populated 95 per cent by women.

The research topics seem torn from feminist textbooks: violence against women, equity employment and payment advocacy, alimony and child support payments, mothers single and working, women aged and abused, etc.

But male victims far outnumber female victims of crime overall. Men represent 68 per cent of homicide deaths, 80 per cent of violent assaults and rapes in prison, 97 per cent of occupational deaths, 80 per cent of suicides. The death rate for heart diseases is 196 per cent higher; 20 per cent higher for cancers; and 220 per cent higher for fatal "accidents." These men are not strangers. They are grandfathers, fathers, uncles, brothers, sons, lovers, co-workers, neighbours and friends. The women who love them see their suffering and weep.

StatsCan's recent claim of balanced studies is not shown in its continuing feminist bias. When will StatsCan announce allocation of an equivalent amount of its resources to the stress and hazards that continue to disable and kill men?

Jeffrey Asher,
Ottawa

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