Letter to the Editor

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Letter to the Editor on Domestic Violence Sandy Palladino DeVry University I am writing in response to the article in the Cleveland.com Blog dated June 7, 2013 titled “Domestic violence’s reach extend beyond the battered”. It is insightful in regards to the case of Ariel Castro. From my personal experience with domestic violence, I think I can put a new light on an ongoing problem that has plagued this country for too many years. First and foremost, it is NEVER okay to strike a person, period. According to the letter, his late wife Grimilda Figueroa was the victim of her husband’s abuse for over 16 years. Even with the numerous reports to the police, this man was never arrested for his abuse. Ariel had "beat her repeatedly, twice breaking her nose, her ribs and dislocating each of her shoulders,” but the police did nothing. The police are supposed to “protect & serve” the citizens of this country so where were they for Grimilda? Because they did nothing every time there was a complaint made, Grimilda had suffered a blood clot in her brain. Those who commit domestic violence also commit violence against others is nothing new. An example of this is the "Beltway sniper." “The Beltway Sniper attacks were a series of coordinated shootings that took place during three weeks in October 2002 in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Ten people were killed and three other victims were critically injured in several locations throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and along Interstate 95 in Virginia.” It was later determined he had engaged in random shootings with the goal of eventually reaching his ex-wife and making her death look random, in order to evade suspicion and take custody of their children. Society has become “accustomed” to hearing of domestic violence through the media but unless they have experienced it themselves,

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