Friday, August 27, 2010

Domestic violence

I'd like to send a big thank you to Matthew Newton.
Thank you, because everyone is talking about violence towards women.
Thank you, because everyone is discussing how it is still not taken seriously enough.
Thank you, because Aspie teen was watching The 7PM Project while they were discussing domestic violence.
Thank you, because he has recognised that he was hitting me in his meltdowns and has equated this as the same as domestic violence.
Thank you, because my 13 yr old Aspie kid has learned that it's not ok to hit women.
Thank you, because if this stops him from this behaviour now then it might stop him from hitting a girlfriend in the future.
I sincerely hope Matthew gets the help he needs and that his former girlfriend recovers quickly but if we can take something, anything positive away from this whole ugly, disgusting mess then it is that other young males get the clear message that it's not ok to hit women.


Wanderlust said...


Amy said...

I am very thankful too, for you, Ro and your teen.
Greatly reduced anguish all round has got to be a good thing.
I am very impressed with Matthew Newton's (now former) partner making the big move to take out the AVO and make very public statements about her experience. I think she has made a huge difference for many people.
many hugs to you.

River said...

Ah, the silver lining in the dark cloud.

@jencull (jen) said...

Good stuff, just goes to show that TV can be educational. Jen

Valerie Foley said...

Awesome, Ro.
That's a big connection for him to make, and great for both of you - all of us.


Mrs. C said...