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Anita Kanitz
3 years ago
“If we are to fight discrimination and injustice against women we must start from the home for if a woman cannot be safe in her own house then she cannot be expected to feel safe anywhere.”
― Aysha Taryam

“Has he ever trapped you in a room and not let you out?
Has he ever raised a fist as if he were going to hit you?
Has he ever thrown an object that hit you or nearly did?
Has he ever held you down or grabbed you to restrain you?
Has he ever shoved, poked, or grabbed you?
Has he ever threatened to hurt you?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then we can stop wondering whether he’ll ever be violent; he already has been.”
― Lundy Bancroft, Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men

“What are you going to do? Are you going to live in the dark, locked in here? Afraid to look out, answer the door, leave? Yes, he's out there, and he's clearly not going to leave you alone until one of three things happens: he hurts you and gets arrested, or he makes a mistake and gets arrested, or you stop him.”
― Rachel Caine, Fall of Night

“The danger of tolerating any hurtful behavior is that it can all too quickly become the norm. If we allow ourselves to "get away" with anything we know to be destructive - such as slapping a child or partner in the face - without taking responsibility for the gravity of what we have done, we are that much more likely to minimize the offense: "I may have overreacted, but she's got to learn not to set me off like that." . . . "because the partner is perceived as the cause of the violence, the perpetrator feels justified in using it." Once the actions are justified, they are more likely to be repeated.

It is also important to remember that, in most relationships, both parties engage in some form of the abuses listed above. Angry remarks or mildly aggressive actions - insulting someone's intelligence, throwing a plate of food against the wall - can both provoke and be used to justify retaliatory actions that may be more dangerous, like pushing and shoving someone down the stairs.

On the other hand, one sort of abuse does not necessarily lead to another. Rather, whether or not the violence escalates depends on the person committing it.”
― Linda G. Mills, Violent Partners: A Breakthrough Plan for Ending the Cycle of Abuse

One cruel case of extreme many cases worldwide. The victim was a underaged girl, heinous tortured, raped and killed by her friend. If we are looking away from cases of domestic and sexual violence, then we are taking part of these crimes and we are supporting the criminals not the victims!

The Murder and Torture of Kelly Anne Bates
As many as 1 in 3 of the women that are murdered each year is by the hands of a current or former lover. At a glance, the murder of Kelly Anne Bates may seem to be just another sad statistic. A young girl was charmed by her much older partner, hid the abuse from her friends and family until one day things were taken too far and her abuser took her life. At the surface, her story is all too common, yet what sets this case apart from others is the manner in which she was killed and what has earned this case the title of “The Most Horrific Murder in England’s History.”
Described as a bubbly girl with an old soul, 14-year-old Kelly Anne Bates was known to hang around a much older crowd. Naturally, it came to no surprise to the teen’s parents that she had begun to date a much older man. At 16, when Kelly decided to introduce them her boyfriend, “Dave Smith”, claiming he was 32-years-old, Kelly’s mom says that the hairs on her neck began to stand up the moment she met him and in hindsight regrets not killing him right then and there. Kelly’s mom had no idea that the man her teenage daughter was dating was not “Dave Smith”, nor was he 32-years-old. Smith’s real name was James Patterson Smith and he was much older than Kelly’s mom had suspected. Smith was actually 48-years-old, making him over 30 years Kelly’s senior. It would seem odd that the man that claimed to love this girl would go out of his way to disguise his identity, however, Smith’s checkered past may be one explanation.
Smith had a number of relationships before meeting Kelly, and at least three of them depict Smith as a misogynist that enjoyed tormenting the women he was involved with. The first documented case of Smith’s violence involved his 10-year marriage, which was absolved in 1980 after his former wife claimed that she was subjected to his violent outbursts. He then began dating 20-year-old Tina Watson. Watson testified that during their two-year relationship Smith essentially “used her as a punch-bag”. She said that Smith would regularly beat her, even when she fell pregnant with his child. Fortunately for Watson, she was able to flee the relationship after Smith attempted to drown her in the bathtub. Another teenager, 15-year-old Wendy Mottershead, was also victimized by Smith and claimed that he had also attempted to drown her by holding her head into a kitchen sink. It wouldn’t be until 1993 that Smith would gain the attention of the bubbly school girl, Kelly Anne Bates, and Smith’s legacy of violence against women would go on to make national headlines.
In spite of her mother’s attempts to keep Kelly away from Smith, shortly after introducing him to her parents Kelly began spending more and more time at Smith’s home. Although still worried about her daughter’s relationship with this much older man, it seemed to Kelly’s mother that Smith did have Kelly’s best interest at heart and would often phone her parents to discuss concerns he had about her. It wouldn’t be long before that impression was shattered and the cycle of possessiveness and violence with in the couple’s relationship began.
Kelly’s mom eventually discovered the truth about “Dave’s” identity. Preferring to be called “Jimmy”, Smith claimed he only lied about his age because he felt that if she had known how old he really was she wouldn’t approve of the relationship. Kelly would come home to check in every few days. Her mother noticed that Kelly’s appearances had drastically changed during this time. When Kelly visited her parents’ home they reported that she looked as if she hadn’t bathed, she had begun to lose weight rapidly, and was often seen with bruises and what appeared to be bite marks.
There were several arguments between the couple and Kelly would return home for short periods, but would always return back to Smith. Never admitting to the abuse, Kelly spent less and less time with her family, until eventually, she cut all contact with them. Kelly’s parents did receive some cards from her, but they noticed that the cards were not written in Kelly’s handwriting. Her mother felt something was terribly wrong but was unable to do anything about the situation.
Her mother’s instinct was unfortunately correct. On April 16, 1996, Smith reported to a local police station that his girlfriend had accidentally drown in his bathtub. Police arriving to the scene at Smith’s home found blood in virtually every room of the house, indicating that there was much more to Kelly’s death than an accidental drowning.
Weeks before her death, Smith gouged Kelly’s eyes out and tied to a radiator by her hair. For at least three weeks she was refused food and water, scalped in places, and her inner thigh was burned with a hot iron. Her arms, legs, hands, and knee caps had been completely crushed. Medical examiners found 150 separate stab wounds on her body, including the inside of her mouth and her empty eye sockets. She was mutilated to her face, mouth, nose, and genital areas. Finally, in what probably seemed like an act of mercy to Kelly, Smith knocked her unconscious with a shower head and drown her.
Smith denied having anything to do with Kelly’s murder and stuck to his story that her death was a result of accidental drowning, but he did admit to abusing Kelly. He said that she would often inflict injuries upon herself, making the abuse appear worst than it was, and would purposely “wind him up” by taunting him. Smith’s excuse for beating, stabbing, and gouging her eyes out was only because she had “dared him” to do it, and claimed that Kelly was the one that provoked him into torturing her.
It only took an hour for the jury to find Smith guilty and he was sentenced to life in prison. It is perhaps one of the few cases where jurors were offered professional counseling services in order to deal with being subjected to the horrific police photographs of Kelly’s badly mutilated body and the crime scene..

Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender. Even the beautiful stars of Hollywood are not immune to the possibility.
Abuse is a repetitive pattern of behaviors to maintain power and control over a partner. These behaviors can be physical, mental, sexual and emotional, with many of these forms overlapping at the same time. It’s not always easy to tell at the beginning of a relationship if it will become abusive. In fact, many abusive partners may seem perfect in the early stages. As the relationships progress, though, controlling behaviors may begin to emerge. It can be very scary and difficult for an individual to escape this type of abuse.
These nine Hollywood stars had to suffer from terrible domestic abuse. They are opening up about their stories and working to inspire others in similar situations to seek out help. Learn how these amazing celebrities broke the pattern of abuse and how they are working to help others today.

Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera dealt with abuse from her father, who abused both her and her mother. Her mother has spoken about the abuse, saying there was an instance where she found Christina at the age of four with blood dripping from her face. Christina spoke out about the abuse to Glamour in 2007, "I work very closely with a shelter near Pittsburgh. One day I hope to open a shelter of my own. I think it's really important to share my own story with women who've been abused, because going through that experience has lead me to where I am today: It's given me the strength and motivation to be the best that I can be."

Halle Berry
Halle Berry is proof that domestic violence effects more than just the couple involved. In 2010, the actress revealed the impact that her father’s abuse towards her mother had on her growing up. This resulted in Halle suffering from low self-esteem and choosing some terrible boyfriends later in life. She admitted that she once had a boyfriend who hit her so hard that he left her over 80 percent deaf in one ear. Halle now volunteers at the Jenesse Center, a domestic violence intervention program in Los Angeles. She spoke about the center, saying “the reason I say this organization is in my heart and soul is because I understand the good that it does and the lives that it changes and the impact is has on women and children in our community.”

Lionel Richie
Unknown to many people, it’s estimated that one in three domestic violence victims are male. In 1988, Lionel Richie and his first wife, Brenda Harvey, were going through a rough patch in their marriage. Harvey then caught Richie having an affair with another woman and decided to retaliate. She was arrested for spousal abuse after she broke into the singer’s hotel and beat him. While breaking the vow of marriage is a terrible thing to do, the injuries he suffered were unjustified. The couple tried to work out their marriage, but ultimately divorced in 1993.

Back in the 1980s, Madonna was overpowered by then-husband Sean Penn. One incident that is widely known is that he allegedly beat her for nine straight hours, resulting in him being charged with domestic assault. Rumors and tabloid gossip quickly spun around the couple with more abuse allegations being brought to light. To this day, there is still talk about how much of the stories are true, what Madonna and Sean’s relationship is now, and even court cases still revolving around the case. In the end, Madonna was able to walk away from an unhealthy relationship without further harm.

Mariah Carey
In 2009, Mariah Carey admitted on CNN’s Larry King Live that she had been emotionally abused by an ex-boyfriend. Carey stated, "For me, to really get out, it was difficult because there was a connection that was not only a marriage but a business thing where the person was in control of my life." She said it was scary to break out of the destructive relationship and that “you just get into a situation and feel locked in.” She said she was inspired to reveal her story due to another Hollywood star, Rihanna, going through a domestic abuse problem. Luckily, Carey was able to escape the toxic relationship.

A police report from 2009 revealed a terrible abuse story between Rihanna and former boyfriend Chris Brown. The report stated Brown had slammed Rihanna into a window before punching her repeatedly in the face, arms and legs, making it one of the most shocking celebrity domestic violence incidents to happen in the public eye. She’s spoken out about it publicly multiple times since then and advocated for victims. Rihanna has been open about her mistakes of going back to Brown, saying she thought she could change his behavior. She spoke to Vanity Fair saying “A lot of women, a lot of young girls, are still going through it. A lot of young boys too. It’s not a subject to sweep under the rug, so I can’t just dismiss it like it wasn’t anything, or I don’t take it seriously.”

Tyler Perry
Tyler Perry suffered from physical and emotional abuse at the hand of his own father, including an incident where his father brutally whipped him with a vacuum cord. Furthermore, Perry suffered sexual abuse from several adults that were present in his childhood. Perry bravely discussed his past in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, saying that during this time of his life he had attempted suicide. Decades later, Perry admits to still learning how to cope with his childhood and that he has come to terms with forgiving his father for his own mental health. "I think that's really important to be clear that just because you forgive somebody does not mean that you now want to be around them," Perry later said.

Tina Turner
Tina Turner’s relationship with former husband Ike Turner is one of the most infamous abusive celebrity relationships ever documented. Turner’s ex-husband had nearly killed her on more than one occasion by brutally beating her repeatedly and forcing sex on her. Tina decided to stand up for herself and ended the abuse in 1976 after her husband had raised his hand to her in the back seat of a car in Las Vegas for the last time. They received a divorce that year and Tina found strength to stage a comeback career.

Charlize Theron
Raised in South Africa, Charlize Theron lived with an abusive, alcoholic father who threatened to kill her and her mother on several occasions. In self-defense, Charlize’s mother shot and killed her father when Charlize was only 15. The actress has stayed relatively silent about the incident, but has taken action as an advocate for others of abuse. Charlize has opened a pair of rape crisis centers in her native country to help other women going through similar abuse. She has stated, however, how the event in her life has helped her to become a stronger actress. "There's definitely an acknowledgement on my part that I had an experience of, a very traumatic experience, an event, in my life and somehow it’s formed me."

Abuse, of any form, is never okay to endure or suffer from. These Hollywood stars are taking back their lives and inspiring others to do the same and get out of abusive relationships. Domestic violence is still too prevalent in today’s society. If you or someone you know needs help, call the domestic violence hotline or find resources in your area.

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Shivani Pal
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3 years ago
Women deserve equal rights to men

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Women deserve equal rights to men

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3 years ago
I feel that anjmals are also a beautiful creation of god like himans. Let's respect them.

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