I read a news story a few weeks ago on a man who was convicted of beating his girlfriend to death, and sentenced to 30 years in prison on a felony murder charge, and in the article, the family of the man expressed shock and anger at what they felt was “extreme and inhumane harshness” on the part of the judge in sentencing him to such an amount. They stated that the man they all knew and loved would not have beaten his girlfriend to death, and that they believed it was an unfortunate accident as a result of one-time rage....more
The Violence Against Women Act was a landmark victory when it was signed into law in 1994. Last month, the U.S. Congress again made history, voting to sustain funding to the Domestic Violence Hotline and other services, as well as enhancing it with added protections for survivors. Yet, even with these support systems in place more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends each day in the United States....more
Hi everyoneI hope you are all enjoying the weekend. I'm not sure if you all follow twitter but I have been asked to write my views on the Reeva Steenkamp/Oscar Pistorius case so here we go. Deep breath!When the news broke on the day of love, Valentine's Day that Reeva had been murdered I was devastated I mean Oscar a murderer, no! Oscar Pistorius to me was a hero, a man that had conquered his disabilities and gone on to have a fabulous career....more
Hi everyone I really need your help please, twitter have suspended @evethomas40 again and despite saying that it would be 24 hours for @peaceworldeve and @amylucaseve it has now been 9 days! I have searched the internet and found a telephone number for twitter but its automated and goes dead when you press the key for support! ...more
I have been going through a nasty custody battle for 2.5 years. I was so ready for the emotional roller coaster to end. Was being the imperative word. The reason why I left my son's father is because he was emotionally abusive and becoming physically abusive. He'd burned my pajamas & journal one night and tried to leave me stranded in the mountains, he pushed me down to the ground with our son in my arms, he tried backing up the car while I was holding oru son and I was standing next to the seat with the door open....more
Over the last few years, I have slowly get had to reclaim aspects of myself that were lost or beaten into submission figuratively and sometimes literally by my past relationships that were fraught with abuse and violence. One of the first things was my sexuality, which was reclaimed in a most unhealthy way. It has been a long list after that filled with things both small and large. I am able to wear what I want, eat what I want, have an argument if I want, and control my own time. But, it occurred to me yesterday that there was one thing I had never thought about.