Below is a comment I just received on my “Shooting Blanks” post from January 3 of last year (364 days ago).
I don’t quite know what to make of it, but I thought I should share it with you. It HAS to be an early frontrunner for NB.com Comment of the Year 2012, for shock value if for no other reason (go HERE to see the original post and photo that sparked the following rhetoric):
“Couldn’t NOT post it”?? Did it ever occur to you to consider the implications of this photo rather than just to find it so amusing from your safe and happy little world of nightmares that you had to share it for a good jest? Let me tell you a little bit about the background of this photo, because I can’t NOT post it:
This woman is deaf. She was beaten by her parents as a child because they thought she wasn’t listening to them. She was “rescued” by this man who took her in at a young (adult) age and later began abusing her. This is the only maternity photo he ever allowed her to have taken. The beautiful little girl inside her in this picture later came to her mother 4 years later saying that her daddy hit her in the vagina with a hammer. She drew photos of that “hammer” in therapy. I’ve seen the photocopies of the photo and the counselor’s report myself. The State won’t listen because this man seems to be too influential in his community for the laws to apply to him. He had his son circumcised against his wishes at 4 years old just to spite his ex-wife who couldn’t stop him after the divorce. This was only one of her punishments for leaving him and making him feel like he couldn’t control her anymore. She was raped and beaten often in this relationship, and during the last time he raped her, he broke her back. She can no longer have children due to the injury sustained, and yet he managed to get custody of both kids. He’s also an “expert witness” in the court system, which somewhat inherently means that he knows a few people with judicial and political sway. Despite her disabilities, adversities, and attempts to see her kids with any kind of regularity, she has completed a bachelor’s degree and is not finishing a Ph.D. program so that the courts might hopefully respect her enough to let her take care of her kids. She is THE best mother I have ever known, and she is the strongest person I know. And her ex-husband posting this just to haunt her is just one more way he’s tried to control her from afar. Anyone reposting this photo, particularly to laugh about it or ignore the facts behind it, is simply doing his bidding for him.”