Americana: Brute or Mouse

While researching their book, Wife Beating: The Silent Crisis, co-authors Roger Langley and Richard C. Levy discovered that husbands get banged around too. In fact, while the pair estimates that there are 28 million battered wives in the country, they put the figure for battered husbands at 12 million. A beaten husband has some extra problems, says Levy. "Should he take the abuse or fight back? Whether he is a sniveling mouse or a Neanderthal brute, society will reject him."

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