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Attitudes/Beliefs and Abuse

By Remy Benoit

   Much of the seminar here, Using History for Healing and Writing, gets us to exploring who we are and how we have come to be who, and where, we are. When we begin to explore these things we begin to see that we are living with some very old, and deeply enculturated viewpoints.
    In an archived article from The Other Side magazine, A Living Sacrifice? Melinda Contreras-Byrd examines the way we collectively, and she individually as a therapist, look(ed) at the situation of abused women.
    Her article is well worth close examination.
    Abuse of women, children, and men is a subject that is difficult for many to come to terms with.
    The question often raised, in the case of women and men, is Why don't they just leave?  The answers to that question are varied, and demand examination, exploration, and quite often, assistance.
    Ms. Contreras-Byrd opens the door to some deep consideration of some of the enculturated answers. Join her with this archived article from The Other Side magazine, March-April, 2002



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