October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month but a month, a day — THIS HOUR — should be more than just that!
By Pete H.
The first time I realized how badly women are beaten, I didn’t know what to do. I had known about it and saw the violence in my home, but I didn’t think it was that important or that bad. What was the big deal? Everyone gets beat up. After all, I believed, why dwell on household violence when there is war? I felt helpless when I heard the stories from women who suffered intimate partner violence. I couldn’t ignore it. Not only were women beaten, they were put down verbally, emotionally and psychologically, which they said was worse than being beaten physically. How could this happen? And how could people not know about it or even talk about it? I studied as much as I could. I became obsessed with “violence against women” as an issue. I took excessive notes on napkins and scrap paper about my thinking about it, about what other people said about it. I sought intervention and I even took notes there. I read many articles about patriarchal violence, read bell hooks and Paul Kivel. Domestic violence has to be done away with! I tried riling people up, to wake up and take action!