How I Escaped Domestic Violence
I belonged to a secret society. My membership was not by choice, but by chance. It included an involuntary vow of silence—not just my silence, but also that of my family, friends, co-workers and all those around me.
This was over 45 years ago and the secret society is called domestic violence. Even today, it still exists, and there are thousands, if not millions, of unwilling members. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four women and one in seven men will be victims of severe violence by an intimate partner in their lifetimes.