Ending the Abuse of Women (and Men and Children) - One Story
First and Most Importantly - You are 100% right to do what you have done both in leaving Addison Russell and in speaking out about your abuse!
It is NOT your fault that you are an abuse survivor. How good a partner you were had NOTHING to do with the abuse. Absent serious work Addison Russell will abuse again.
Rihanna (Chris Brown - abuser)
Madonna (Sean Penn - abuser)
and abusers including:
Nicolas Cage and
Steven Seagal .
Some reader say: "you're lying". Obviously, you could be lying. I believe you and hope most everyone else will believe you. While there are cases of false accusations, it takes a tremendous amount of courage to escape abuse and more so to speak out about it. Addison Russell, with his money and “star power” could easily crush one not as strong as you. No doubt you face a lot of pressures to keep quiet and few if any telling you to speak out.
I think that the biggest reason that domestic violence (as well as sexual assault) does not dramatically decrease now is that is has Not become a MEN'S ISSUE or if you prefer a HUMAN issue. It remains a "women's issue" where men such as I listen sometimes, but don't fully take in the importance of Stopping the Violence.
We Men - need to speak out. We Men - need to organize. We need to recognize that we may be part of the problem. We need to see that the violence will persist until many like us speak out strongly.
We Men are not BAD! We do bad things. Many abusers - were abused as children and learned to abuse from their own tragic life experiences!
What you've written is important! Thank you for sharing it! I hope that you will continue to heal and grow!
George - in Chicago - a Cubs fan – who Cares!