Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The War on Womyn Continues

I was on a talk radio show recently about violence against womyn and the conversation quickly turned to why womyn stay in abusive relationships.

THIS is one of the reasons.

Womyn in abusive situations are stuck in a Catch-22. Stay in the relationship and continue to endure abuse and ostracism from others or leave the relationship and possibly have the abuse cease or leave the relationship and have the abuse escalate.

I've said this before and I will say it again: Statistically, a womyn's experiences of violence drastically increase AFTER they leave said relationship. Often, the violence results in murder.

In this latest case, the womyn had separated from her husband, attempted a restraining order and had called the police multiple times. And now, she's dead. According to, her murder is the third family homicide case in Quebec this year alone. Quebec is also currently in the midst of the trial for Ms. Michaud who appears to have been murdered by a neighbour. All this in only one province during one particular frame of time, in a country that apparently prides itself on democracy and keeping the peace.

My heart goes out to the children of Ms. Ghannoum and Ms. Michaud. What unspeakable tragedies.

1 comment:

Ren said...

What's really upset about this is that as tragic as this is, we almost accept this as a common occurence. To be perfectly honest, I'm almost unphased about the crazy ex-husband/boyfriend going ape shit and murdering his wife and/or children - because we almost expect this kind of behavior. It happens sooo much! I mean, how many of us can say we haven't had a crazy boyfriend. Show of hands? Okay, now how many of us have had the crazy ex-boyfriend... oh, all of us, eh? Yeah, I forgot it's harder to get out alive and in one piece. Because lets face it: if your psyche is going to be butchered to shit, might as well take it all in - right?