Since the Newtown massacre, visions of crazy mass killers and armed strangers in the night have colonized the American mind. But the danger out there is both more mundane and more terrible: You’re more likely to be hurt or killed by someone you know or love. And it would probably happen at home.
Picture this. A man bursts into a living room not his own. He confronts an enemy. He barks orders. He throws that enemy into a chair. The invader isn’t an American soldier leading a night raid on an Afghan village, nor is the enemy an anonymous Afghan householder. This warrior is just a guy in Ohio named Shane, and he’s doing what so many men find exhilarating: disciplining his girlfriend.
An anonymous police source tells the New York Post that the new directive could lead to the arrest of victims reporting domestic violence who have warrants on their record, even if they’re only for minor offenses such as unpaid parking tickets.
Former Bush administration White House press secretary Dana Perino offered up the piece of victim-blaming advice Wednesday while discussing the recent deaths of NFL player Javon Belcher and his girlfriend.