"Scandal ripples through entertainment industry and beyond as Harvey Weinstein's accusers grow in number" - CBC news
How the open dirty secret remained unchallenged for so long is difficult to understand.
Law enforcement, the justice system, corporate American, everyday men and women and the victims themselves can't navigate rationally through the behaviors that accompany and follow relationship violence and abuse.
Yet it's imperative that we do come to understand how it works. We need to know so we can avoid the trap ourselves and teach others how. So we can quit blaming the victims. So we can raise a generation that doesn't accept or condone such violence.
"Why didn't she just....?" is a common refrain when we hear about abusive relationship. "If it was so bad, why didn't she....tell someone, report it to the police, breakup the relationship?"
"If it was so bad, why did she...keep seeing him, continue living with him, embark on a business relationship with him, speak well of him to others, text him, befriend him on facebook?"
I explore violent relationships in my recent novel, SHADOW RIDERS. It's my hope that readers will come to understand a little better the thought processes and emotional complexities that entangle women in violent relationships.
My novel is just a small start to understanding, to getting the conversation going.
As a writer, I feel compelled to at least try to understand this pressing social issue and at most, to make a positive change in my world.
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"...anticipation and fear, sympathy and revulsion." SHADOW RIDERS
Eileen Schuh, Author
Web site: http://www.eileenschuh.com