Center for Ethics and Leadership

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Sadly, The Abuse Continues



When I arrived here in 1992, I was stunned by the number of women students who told me of their abuse at the hands of their husbands and boyfriends. Eventually, I created a course on feminist theology and domestic violence and mounted a workshop for clergy to address the issue. As administrative duties grew, I lost touch with the problem.

It came back with a rush last week. I was in early for a meeting with the president. At 8:30 someone came in to tell me that her mother's boyfriend has beaten her mother. At 8:00 that evening, someone else told me of her husband's verbal abuse and her sexual abuse as a child.

And on it goes . . . we need to keep the matter center stage.

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