Carolyn's Daily Posts: 2011

November 23, 2011

Why One Woman Stayed in an Abusive Relationship

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

WHY ONE WOMAN STAYED

IN AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP

     A Jeanette, Pennsylvania, woman who was beaten within an inch of her life told a jury she has no recollection of the attack.*

     Jennifer Hix said she remembered drinking beer in a friend’s apartment earlier on the July day she was allegedly hit in the head by her boyfriend, Timothy Lenhart.

     “I don’t remember anything that happened after that,”

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     True, Hix had been drinking, as had Lenhart, who was on trial on charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault, assaulting a police officer and other related offenses.

     An eyewitness told jurors earlier this week he saw Lenhart stand over Hix and swing a frying pan at her.

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      A physician testified that Hix sustained (more…)

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July 31, 2011

Broken Bridges

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

BROKEN BRIDGES

     BROKEN BRIDGES.

     This headline in today’s newspaper caught my eye. Immediately thoughts flitted across my mind…thoughts of all the broken relationships I’m hearing about…interpersonal, intercommunity, international…broken bridges that need to be healed before we can experience interpersonal, intercommunity, and international peace.

     My eyes turned to the article: PennDOT is spending more than $63 million to fix the deteriorated bridge that stretches (more…)

June 11, 2011

Abuse Dehumanizes Both Victim and Abuser

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

ABUSE DEHUMANIZES BOTH VICTIM AND ABUSER

Abuse—on anyone’s part, at any time, whether physical or psychological—is dehumanizing and detrimental to another’s dignity and self-respect.*

     The above statement is true. However, it doesn’t go far enough. Not only is the victim dehumanized and suffer a loss of dignity and self-respect. The abuser is also dehumanized and loses dignity and self-respect.

     How humanizing is it to feel so inferior, so powerless, that you have to (more…)

April 27, 2011

Violence is Historical

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 (more…)

March 9, 2011

Men Will Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

MEN WILL WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES

     It should be a scene to delight in…men subjecting themselves to walking around Lynch Field in Greensburg (PA) wearing stilettos (a long, thin, high heel found on some boots and shoes, varying in length from one inch to over ten inches, and sometimes defined as having a diameter at the ground of less than one centimeter*) or one of the fifty pair of red high heels collected for the occasion.

     The men will truly be walking a mile in her shoes on April 12, 2011. The Blackburn Center Against Domestic & Sexual Violence is sponsoring its first Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, part of the international Men’s March to End Sexual Assault, Rape and Gender Violence.

     The Center views the event as a high visibility way to (more…)