- Don PridemoreWisconsin State Representative
Apologize for your smears against victims of spousal abuse or resign
When Republican state representative Don Pridemore offered his support of a bill that compared accidental pregnancies to child abuse, he claimed that it is possible even for those in abusive marriages can rekindle their relationships "if they can refind" the reasons why they got together "and get back to why they got married in the first place."
In essence, Pridemore is saying that if someone in an abusive relationship doesn't want to make it work, it's the victim's fault. This is one of the oldest and most insidious smears against victims of spousal abuse. It is unconscionable that an elected official, regardless of party, would smear people who have had to endure such an ordeal in this way.
Anyone who spits in the face of spousal abuse victims is unfit to hold elected office at any level. If Pridemore has anything left in him, he will apologize for his crass and insensitive remarks or resign.
- Wisconsin State Representative
Dear Representative Pridemore
Your suggestion that those in abusive marriages can rekindle their relationships "if they can refind" the reasons why they got together "and get back to why they got married in the first place" is an insult to everyone who has been through such an ordeal.
In essence, you are saying that if a victim of an abusive relationship doesn't want to refind why he or she got married in the first place, that person has to shoulder the responsibility for that relationship falling apart. You have spat in the face of every person, male or female, who has ever had to endure an abusive relationship.
Anyone who spits in the face of abuse victims in this manner is morally unfit for public office. If you have anything left in you, you will apologize for your horribly insensitive remarks. Otherwise, you should resign your post.
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