The attitudes of Vermont men regarding domestic and sexual violence show both positive and negative signs. That's according to the governor's committee tasked with studying the issue.
Advocates say Castleton polling results indicate men care about the topics and want to engage in problem-solving. However, results also indicate men don't believe domestic violence is as common in Vermont as other states, and think false rape accusations occur more often than they do.
"For me what this means is we need to be talking to men, we need to be learning about men's perceptions, and we need to be engaging in conversations so that we are working on this together," said Karen Tronsgard-Scott of the Vt. Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.
Spokespeople for the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence say the data from the survey will establish a baseline for male attitudes, and should be the subject of further study.