Sunday, October 4, 2009

Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse: Run For Your Life

The Beatles: Run For Your Life


This week's theme finds our hardy band here at Star Maker Machine turning to a serious topic in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Posts will likely run the gamut from victimizer and victim's voices to tales of acceptance, regret, looking the other way, fighting back and more.

A quick perusal of my own music library finds this to be a rich subject, which speaks volumes about how much this issue remains a serious and necessary pursuit. As evidence of how ingrained our cultural acceptance of violence has become, we kick off the week with a familiar, cheerful little ditty in which the narrator - a "wicked guy" with a "jealous mind" - makes no secret of how he will respond if he catches his girl with another man.

Donations to the cause can be made to your local YWCA or any one of these violence against women organizations. More importantly: if you think domestic violence is happening in your home or neighborhood, now is the time to speak up by calling the police, or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.

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