Thursday, April 29, 2010

To Honor the Survivors

   Gentle Readers, we have a high-profile case coming up in the Chicago area in June. Drew Peterson, an ex-police officer from the souther suburbs, will be going on trial for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in early June. His fourth wife, Stacy, has been missing for two and a half years. He claims that she walked out on him for another man.
     In any event, this story has been handled with the dignity of a tabloid scandal. By dwelling on the minutia, the coverage trivializes not just what (allegedly) happened to Kathleen and Stacy, but to everyone who survived domestic violence.
     I'd rather see stories about programs to help victims get out of these situations, legal steps to protect them, and resources for prevention. Please join me in holding the media accountable. In the next week or so, I'll post links to media outlets.
     Thank you.

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