You know him. He works in your office, works on your car, sat next to you on the airplane over the holidays. These men are quite different, one from the other, but they have one common ugliness — they think it's OK to beat their wives, girlfriends and children.
The pleasant smile he sends to you is a biting snarl at home. Masquerading as a gentleman in public, friendly to most, only to reveal his true nature at home — a monster. He yells, screams, beats, breaks and kills.
While our country fights enemies overseas, the greatest enemy many women and children face is in their own living room. The great perversion in our community is that we live in a free and open society, but now to wonder, free to do what? Free to strike out wantonly at the weak and defenseless? Free to live a life of terror? Afraid to speak?
The courts have failed, the police have failed, the churches have failed, government ignores these victims and we are left knowing that we bring great shame upon ourselves. It's your sister, your daughter and your grandchild who needs protection. …
I lived with a monster for years, and no amount of love or prayers or acceptance ever changed one thing. I'll never get the stain off of me, and all that was broken inside of me will never be fixed. Will you turn out the same? Will you fail to act and then carry that shame for a lifetime? Is this what we came into this life for? Surely not, yet I see no change, and the monsters prevail. They are free to walk the streets, to come and go as they please. They are winning, and we are losing. All of us are losing.
— John Buckley