A survivor of abuse once told me, “The more we talk, the more we’re healed, and we see it as history instead of what is still going on.”
Domestic violence is not something that happens to only a few people; it’s widespread. About 35% of women and 28% of men in the U.S. have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
Why don’t we know more know about it? Shhhhhh. It’s a secret. People feel shame for their abuse. They feel as if they’ve done something wrong. They feel as if they will be judged, and found wanting, if others know about it.
It is time for the secrecy to stop. We can tell our stories, reclaim our power, use our experiences to help, to heal, to demand change in our world.
We’ll begin Season Two with the series “Fight for Justice” about Tracey Thurman, who had to sue an entire city in the 1980s to hold the police responsible for allowing her ex-husband to stalk and attack her despite her requests for police involvement in advance.
Tracey was a young married mother when her husband, Buck gradually escalated from intermittent slaps to deadly violence.
Tracey’s story will help us examine how society and law enforcement might fail targets of domestic violence.
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Getting Off Podcast https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/getting-off/id1309689589?mt=2
Suspect Convictions https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/getting-off/id1309689589?mt=2