By Boston Globe
The Catholic Church is now dealing with one of many extra dire crises in its lengthy heritage: sexual abuse devoted through monks, and the following cover-up of that abuse via cardinals and bishops. Get a deal with at the headlines with this explosive exposé by means of the employees of The Boston Globe.
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Fear—not the abuse itself—is the major part of abuse that keeps a victim in their helpless position.... That fear has been used as proficiently as any knife or gun might be used by a marksman or hunter. While a true weapon such as a knife or gun may be used as part of the package, the look, the voice, or the words of the abuser serve as just as much a fear stimulator—and those that have been at it for a while are expert fear marksmen. (Brief for the National Network to End Domestic Violence, 2006, Appendix B, pp.
65a-68a) The intergenerational impact is dramatically illustrated by a study of female homicides in New York City, which found that in 42% of such murders in which a second victim was also killed, that person was a child. In an additional 9% of cases, a child witnessed the murder, discovered the body, or was home when the crime occurred (Wilt, Illman, & Brody Field, 1995). The impact of witnessing intimate partner violence on children does not stop when they mature; it can influence the degree to which an adult responds to provocation with words or with violence.
While some incidents may have been seen as borderline, sev- 15 LISTENING TO BATTERED WOMEN eral were obvious abuse—a broken nose, cracked jaw, numerous bruises—usually around the neck. Before the births of the children that we share, born in 1991 and 1992, I [did not testify against my abusive partner in court] because of his threats to me—afterward this included threats regarding the children. I was not stupid or uneducated. . [I]t all started so gradually that I did not see the cocoon of helplessness and no-contact that he had enveloped me in.