I didn't call the police. I was on base. I was 18. I was drunk. He was a Marine. And had I gone to the police he would have been subject to military court and the last thing in the world I wanted to do was face other Marines for my fate. Not his fate. Because I knew how that would go.
HE SMACK ME, BEAT ME, AND PULLED MY HAIR
BUT IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE THAT REALLY CARE.
HE ABUSED MY BODY AND CRUSH MY SOUL
BUT THIS IS A STORY SO MANY OF US HAVE TOLD
I CRIED OUT FOR JUSTICE BUT IT WAS NOWHERE AROUND
NOT EVEN WHILE I WAS GETTING BEAT DOWN
THE JUSTICE SYSTEM COULDN'T HEAR MY CRY
BECAUSE A WOMAN VOICE CAN'T REACH THAT HIGH.- Bernita Smith (Madison, WI)
I was told I was ugly, stupid, dumb and would never amount to anything. I was mocked, bullied, laughed at and ridiculed by him; a person I was supposed to trust. He NEVER told me that he loved me, and I was never offered any emotional support by him. There was no love at all.
He beat my dog so badly that she spent all night digging under the fence to escape her abuse. She ran away. I don't blame her; I would have done the same if I could have.