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Report: Dramatic Rise in TV Violence against Teen Girls

December 7, 2009

Kansas City, MO - It's enough to make any Missouri parent squirm with discomfort - and then change the channel. The Parents Television Council has reviewed more than 200 hours of recent television shows for depictions of violence on prime time programs between 2004 and 2009. It found a 120 percent increase in violence against females. Comments by Tim Winter, president of the council.

A new study comparing five years of prime time television finds that story lines depicting violence against women are on the increase...and that violence on the "small screen" is more graphic than ever before in the history of television. The Parents Television Council reviewed more than 200 hours of programming, from 2004 to 2009, according to its president, Tim Winter.

"While the amount of violence on prime time broadcast TV has remained relatively unchanged over the past five years, the prevalence of story lines that include violence against women has increased at an alarming rate, a 120 percent increase."

Winter says there is a disturbing new trend in depicting violence against women as funny, and even inconsequential. He says that can lead television viewers, particularly children, to believe such behavior is normal and acceptable.

Winter says studies show that children's aggressive behavior increases after watching similar acts on television.

"We're seeing increases of violent scenes against teen girls, intimate partner violence, and female victimization as a punchline for comedic purposes."

As an example, Winter cites the animated Fox program 'The Family Guy,' which airs during prime time on Sundays. In response, the producers of the show assert that it is meant to be a humorous parody intended for adult audiences.

A new report gives Missouri parents another reason to monitor what their kids are watching on television. It indicates a dramatic rise in violence against women depicted in popular shows. Heather Claybrook reports.

Heather Claybrook reporting

The report "Women in Peril" can be found at

Heather Claybrook, Public News Service - MO