CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011
VIOLENCE IS HISTORICAL
When a violent act against women occurs, people often tell me that these things didn’t happen years ago. I beg to differ with them. I’ve had women in their eighties share their stories with me, stories of how they were victims of sexual abuse when they were children.
Today’s Tribune review reported that the Derry (Pennsylvania) Area School District “will pause to honor…instructors (who are) struck down in the prime of their classroom careers” in a Day of Remembrance at the Atlantic No. 40 one-room schoolhouse.
One of those teachers honored was Emma Austraw. The day of the ceremony was the anniversary of her April 1919 attack, rape, and fatal shooting “while walking from the Kiser No. 8 one-room schoolhouse in Derry Township, where she taught.” Her body was “wedged in an outhouse on an abandoned Derry Township farm…,” not to be discovered until five days after her April 28, 1919, disappearance. Her family members didn’t speak about the murder until more recently, according to her nephew Jack Graham. “It was too painful…It was one of the most heinous crimes up to that time in Westmoreland County.”
Violence and heinous crimes have always existed at the family, community, national, and global level. The question is, how do we stop, or lessen it, in the future?
Ceremony to honor 3 teachers taken too young, Jeff Himler in Greensburg Tribune-Review, Neighborhoods section, April 27, 2011 pp. 6
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