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FAMILY VIOLENCE isn’t one act committed by one person. Communities, Governments, and friends can all be contributors to Family Violence. It wasn’t until 1983 that Canadian law outlawed marital rape [1]. “Family violence is more than just beating a partner or child. It’s the abuse of power to harm or control a person who was or is a family member.”[2] The Alberta Government now recognizes NOVEMBER AS FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION MONTH which replicates a campaign that was started in Hinton in 1986 [3]. So for the month of November we’ll be posting stories that hopefully help identify family violence so that communities are able to recognize there contribution to violence and find ways to end the abuse.

Friday, 25 November 2011

Rights of Ownership – I’d Like the Keys Back!

My mom told me it was inappropriate that I had broadcasted to so many people that I was going to the film screening of Orgasm Inc. She said I should be concerned with what my Nanna would think of me.

My dad sent me a text message describing how much I had disappointed him despite all the things he had done for me. He said I had hurt him because I was going to spend the weekend in Jasper with my new boyfriend.

My boyfriend held onto my hand tightly and asked if I wanted to be like women who would never orgasm in their lives? He told me I didn’t orgasm like the other women he had been with. He told me I should have laughed to ease the tension instead of running to the bathroom when I had an allergic reaction to the lube we were using.

How do I talk to my parents about the things my boyfriend says to me when all they can think and talk about is how much they feel ashamed of me ?
~Anna Joy

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