Domestic Violence Awareness

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Aside from October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

One of my family members was in an abusive relationship for over two years, and she hid it from out entire family. She never said anything until she finally left her boyfriend. If your first reaction is, “what took her so long to leave?” then you’re already perpetuating the violence that she endured. You shouldn’t ask why she didn’t leave. Instead you should ask why he hit her in the first place. Or does the fact that he almost killed not important to you.

Just like with sexual assault, people ask the wrong questions in domestic violence cases. Instead of asking why the attacker committed the crime, they ask how the victim is at fault. As usual, victim-blaming is the reason that many people do not come forward. What happened when my cousin came forward?…

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