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easily wins
DETROIT (AP) - Mayor Dennis Archer
overwhelmingly won the right to advance to the
general election, far outdistancing the second
qualifier in yesterday's non-partisan primary.
With 84 of the city's 794 precincts
reporting, or 11 percent, the first-term
mayor had 85 percent.
State Rep. Ed Vaughn ran a distant see-
nd with 13 percent and meat packer Rosa
armendia claimed 2 percent. Their totals
were 19,768 for Archer, 2,956 for Vaughn
-nd 413 for Garmendia.
Archer is considered the strong favorite
in the general election.
The mayor can point to plans for two
new stadiums and three casinos, and says
the city has seen many improvements on
his watch, including decreases in crime,
scores of new development projects and
*mproved city services.
Archer's connections with Detroit's business
community have brought him a campaign chest
estimated at more than $3.5 million. So far, he is
the only candidate to air broadcast TV ads.
Vaughn has campaigned with the slogan
"unbought and unbossed" and says Archer
is too generous to outside interests.
Vaughn has campaigned largely for
improved city services, particularly street

The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 10, 1997 - 5
SAFE House seminar
exposes painful truths

By Laura Chaiela
For the Daily
Domestic abusers are now attacking the organi-
zations designed to protect survivors, participants in
a free seminar on domestic violence said yesterday.
The Shelter Available for Emergencies House
(SAFE House) sponsored "The Empire Strikes
Back" seminar as part of an ongoing series on
domestic violence. Attendees discussed a backlash
against movements for women's safety, and ways
survivors are victimized and punished for attempt-
ing to leave abusive relationships.
"In the past few years, there have been increasing
efforts made in combatting domestic violence" said
Susan McGee, SAFE House executive director.
McGee said that strides in preventing domestic
violence have caused backlash from batterers, law-
makers and the judicial system in Washtenaw
County. The backlash is a well-financed, orga-
nized attack against domestic violence organiza-
tions, she said.
"I think backlash is inevitable for any social
movement. People in power are being challenged
and they don't like it," said Debbie Levenstein,
clinical supervisor for SAFE House.
Speakers claimed organizations that support sur-
vivors of domestic violence are now accused of
AP PHOTO being unprofessional, inaccurate and a waste of tax-
Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer casts his vote at a polling site yesterday. payers' dollars.
"They actually say that feminists control the
lights, bulk garbage pickup and programs creation of more youth programs. police," McGee said about attackers who say
to deal with abandoned buildings. He also says Archer is not ensuring domestic violence is exaggerated.
He also says Archer is not ensuring enough participation by Detroiters in new Attendees also addressed the issue of lawsuits
enough participation by Detroiters in new development projects and has urged the that attackers file against the organizations, taking
development projects and has urged the creation of more youth programs. time and money away from the shelters.

"It's very easy to be stuck in a defensive posture
and it's hard to be proactively moving forward,"
said Debi Cain, director of the Michigan Domestic,
Violence Prevention Board. "Responding to the
attacks are very time consuming."
Washtenaw County Prosecutor Brian Mackie
discussed his experience in dealing with domestic
violence from a legal aspect.
"Maybe people aren't aware how extensive the
backlash is," Mackie said. "To a lot of people,
domestic violence is yesterday's news."
Mackie said Michigan legislation makes it diffi-
cult to deal with perpetrators of domestic violence.
When batterers appear before legislators, they don't
ask for proof, they just listen to stories, he said.
Mackie said he also encounters opposition from
ministers, who call him on behalf of accused
offenders and want families to stay together under
any condition.
Those who attended the seminar said the event
was a success.
"It's good to have an opportunity to talk in a
supportive environment about the backlash and
negative effects that women of domestic violence
are experiencing," said SAFE House legal advo-
cate Rachelle Smith.
Smith said denial of domestic violence is absurd.
"If you are concerned about domestic violence
being illegitimate, do your own research," Smith
said. "There are plenty of statistics out there.'
Other attendees also encouraged women and men
to research the issue before developing opinions.
"People need to have their own information
before they make a faulty assumption," said
Stephanie Walkup, a SAFE House counselor.

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