Patrick Stewart on violence against women

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I am a huge fan of Patrick Stuart from his role on Star Trek: The Next Generation as well as many movies he has been in like X-Men and cartoons like American Dad.  I had heard that his mother was a victim of domestic violence when he was as young as 5-years-old, but this is the first time seeing a video of him talking about it.

Watching him talk about it makes me very sad, but this is the reality of so many people, and people don’t talk about it at all because of the backlash from their family.  I know that backlash because my sister stopped talking to me when she found out about my book and she’s telling people the whole book is filled with lies.  I don’t know this for a fact, but I’m guessing that’s one of the reasons he has waited to talk about it this long.

Domestic violence is a sad reality that so many face everyday and I know it’s difficult to talk about it, but I think it’s important that we do.  Talking about it is part of the healing process.  If we don’t talk about it and get the conversation out there, then people are just going to keep thinking that it doesn’t happen as often as they think and  call the victims liars just as I have been called.

Anyway, I love Patrick Stewart and I wish him well and I am sorry that he and his mother had to go through such an awful thing.  Nobody should have to live in fear for their or other people’s lives.

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