Saturday, February 4, 2012

Crazy Love

Love is blind.

The following statistics are found at the Domestic Violence Resource Center website.
  • One in four women have experienced domestic violence in her lifetime.
  • Women accounted for 85% of the victims of intimate partner violence, men for approximately 15%.
  • Women ages 20-24 are at the greatest risk for nonfatal intimate partner violence.
  • Nearly three out of four (74%) of Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence. 30% of Americans say they know a woman who has been physically abused by her husband or boyfriend in the past year.
  • In a national survey of American families, 50% of the men who frequently assaulted their wives also frequently abused their children.

I just finished a book that has forever changed my perspective of domestic violence.  The book, Crazy Love is a memoir by Leslie Morgan Steiner and I highly recommend it.

I have read a few novels in the past that have featured the topic of domestic violence but all were considered Fiction and did not shake me in the way that this novel did.

Before reading this novel, I thought the way that most other "non-beaten" women did.  "Why doesn't she just leave...?", "How could she just go on like it never happened...?", "I would never stand for that..."

It takes an extremely strong woman to walk away from a relationship that features violence.  It is a known fact that the abuser is at their worst when presented with the concept that their spouse is going to leave them.  It is very dangerous to walk away, but yet, it is dangerous to stay.  You become trapped and unsure about what to do next.

Read this book... You won't regret it.  If you know someone that is struggling with assault in their intimate relationship, recommend it. 

Like Nike, just do it.

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