Survivor Quotes 50

Our house was small, and when you grow up with domestic violence in a confined space you learn to gauge, very precisely, the temperature of situations. I knew exactly when the shouting was done and a hand was about to be raised – I also knew exactly when to insert a small body between the fist and her face, a skill no child should ever have to learn. Curiously, I never felt fear for myself and he never struck me, an odd moral imposition that would not allow him to strike a child. The situation was barely tolerable: I witnessed terrible things, which I knew were wrong, but there was nowhere to go for help. Worse, there were those who condoned the abuse. I heard police or ambulancemen, standing in our house, say, “She must have provoked him,” or, “Mrs Stewart, it takes two to make a fight.” They had no idea. The truth is my mother did nothing to deserve the violence she endured. She did not provoke my father, and even if she had, violence is an unacceptable way of dealing with conflict. Violence is a choice a man makes and he alone is responsible for it.

~ Patrick Stewart, actor, who played Captain Picard, from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

4 thoughts on “Survivor Quotes 50

    • Hi Granny,

      I had been a fan of his for a long time, since the third season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. He did some great things on that show, as well as directing a few of the episodes and he did that in a way that made me believe that he was someone who understood abuse and it’s issues. It was only about a year ago or so that I saw a public announcement that he did in the U.K. talking about this in an effort to educate about domestic violence and advocate against it.

      Good and healing thoughts to you.



    • Hi Brittany,

      I agree. I think it is a very powerful statement and explains domestic violence and it’s consequences to a child and the responsibility we all have for our own actions as an adult. Very great to hear from a man.



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