One man, Jason Sifflet, has taken to the media to recount a tale of abuse his wife got from his hands. How many men would be brave enough to do this? To appear on national television, so the whole world can see, and speak out?
Should he be commended for his bravery to come forward with his story or should he be condemned for being a “wife beater” and abuser? You be the judge. Take a look at this video.
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Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone, yet the problem is often overlooked, excused, or denied. No one should live in fear of the person they love. Domestic abuse, also known as spousal abuse, occurs when one person in an intimate relationship or marriage tries to dominate and control the other person.
It has become difficult to get an accurate percentage on the rate of domestic violence in the Caribbean. Often times, women fail to report their abuse for a number of reasons;
– Fear of their abuser
– Blame themselves or is ashamed
– They think their abuser will change
In parting, I will say this if you suspect that someone you know is being abused, speak up! If you’re hesitating—telling yourself that it’s none of your business, you might be wrong, or the person might not want to talk about it—keep in mind that expressing your concern will let the person know that you care and may even save his or her life.