Got an email the other day from Neil. He wanted to let me, and all of you, that he had a group on Goodreads named Abuse and the Law. The ground description:
Abusers are Terrorists.
Manipulation through fear, destruction of life and soul for the sheer exercise of greed and power. This describes the American abuser. What could be more opposite to the America we call the “Land of the Brave and the Free”? What could be farther away than our most basic rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness guaranteed us by those who gave this country its birth?
In the wake of 911 and Oklahoma City how could we give aid to terrorists, even by failing to develop and support stern laws that protect the lives and well-being of our citizens.
The answer lies in our laws, currently weak and inconsistently enforced. Hundreds of women die each year at the hands of domestic abusers. Children disappear in our foster systems. More children are brutalized by the people who should be protecting them. We’ve long passed the time where Orders of Protection and Custody trials are seen as effective legal remedies, preventing horrible crimes.
This group is about discussion of our current laws and our potential to change them. As Americans this is our right and our legacy.
They are currently reading a book titled Fingernail Moon
If you’re a Goodreads member and interested in reading some books on the subject of abuse and discussing them, check it out!