Image: NIS-4 report co-author Dr Andrea Sedlak, PhD. [Source: LinkedIn]
An update to the fact check that Say Yes has been performing on the recent letter by FamilyVoice Australia’s Ros Phillips in the Australian.
As we previously reported, FamilyVoice Australia confirmed that the study that Mrs Phillips quoted was this study, the Fourth National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect (NIS–4): Report to Congress. We also asked both FamilyVoice Australia and Mrs Phillips to respond to a series of questions, and we also contacted one of the study’s authors.
While FamilyVoice hasn’t gotten around to replying, one of the study authors has.
Image: FamilyVoice Australia logo. [Source: FamilyVoice Australia]
In an exchange on Twitter with prominent pro-equality campaigner Michael Barnett, FamilyVoice Australia was questioned about the recent Say Yes fact check on a letter penned by Roslyn Phillips that appeared in The Australian.
FamilyVoice has confirmed that the study cited by Phillips was the one we uncovered in our fact check on the matter.
Image: Anti-gay campaigner Roslyn Phillips from FamilyVoice Australia. [Source: FamilyVoice Australia]
Update: 9 March 2016 — FamilyVoice Australia has confirmed, via twitter, that the research we found was, indeed, the study Roslyn Phillips was referring to (not by name, of course). We have updated this post to reflect this new information.
The letters page of the local newspaper often doesn’t have the resources to fact check letters. Often the person vetting letters to the editor for publication may just take at face value claims made in a letter — especially if the claims sound scientific or factually-based — as being just that.
The Australian newspaper may have hit the jackpot recently when it published this gem from Roslyn Phillips, of Tea Tree Gully, SA.
Image: The Herald Sun's letters page, 7 March 2016. [Source: SayYes.org.au]
Maybe the headline on this page should have read:
News we invented that preschool children will be taught about sex sparked fury at heraldsun.com.au from people who believed us.
Sadly this is the result of a story that mischaracterised the new Starting Early program.
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