Chris Brown & domestic violence

This is unrelated to politics, but I’ve been following the story of pop singer Chris Brown’s alleged assault of Rihanna closely, simply because the issue of domestic violence is something I have a keen interest in, due in large part to what I do for a living. Earlier today, Brown issued a statement that he’s “sorry and saddened” over what transpired between himself and Rihanna. Now in all the training I’ve received during my professional career, I’ve always been told that a perpetrator saying “I’m sorry” is the same thing as a confession.

Hopefully Chris Brown will be held accountable if he’s found to have committed a crime, because celebrity status should never give an individual a free pass when it comes to domestic violence – or any other crime for that matter.


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  1. It is a sad thing when this happens and there are so many cases that go unreported, usually because the women feel they are trapped, have no place to go and no one to help them. I urge everyone to realize that this can happen to them or to someone they know. I recently met a woman with 4 children who finally left an abusive relationship and thanks to a shelter here in Wisconsin they are safe, are surviving and had help to finally break away from the abuse. In the hopes of the shelter remaining open and able to help others in the same situation I have made a post to my blog on how I am getting involved. Remember, not everyone has money to take care of themselves such as Rihanna and find someplace to go. Please check out my blog

  2. We are a group of friends that know and worked with a young woman named “J” while she was employed at the Vanderbilt YMCA here in New York City. During the length of her employment, several extremely disturbing incidents occurred that cause us to be concerned and call into question the motives and the integrity of Shan Colorado Finnerty, Hortensia Colorado, and Elvira Colorado.

    On several occasions, “J” came to work with visible bruises on her neck and arms. She eventually explained to us that Shan had punched, beaten, and choked her and she asked us for help. As wardens for the community, we tried to place “J” in women’s shelters around the city in an effort to mitigate the abuse. However, at the urging of Shan’s mother and aunt, Hortensia and Elvira, she returned to their apartment and refused to press criminal charges against Shan Colorado Finnerty. The abuse continued and one day, she came to work very early, visibly distressed and crying, with more bruises and abrasions. She said that Shan had verbally abused and beaten her once again; that she wanted to return to California, and that she was going to quit her job and reunite with her family. She tendered her resignation later that week. Out of concern for her safety and in an effort to find out what happened to her, we requested an officer from the domestic violence unit of the 5th Precinct conduct a welfare check at their home on Kenmare Street. However the officer was unable to find anyone at the apartment, and therefore could not verify that “J” was safe. We realize that she is suffering from battered women’s syndrome and may be unable to help herself due to the isolationist environment that the Colorados have formed around her. Abusive men are often enabled by their family, while the victim is persuaded to believe the abuse is her fault, and the pattern of emotional and physical trauma continues. Taking into consideration what has happened to “J,” it is especially deceitful that their display “Altar: El Llanto De La Resistancia” at the American Indian Community House was in part dedicated to victims of domestic violence.

    In light of these events, we are dismayed, disappointed, and outraged to know that members of the American Indian Community would commit, condone, and perpetuate domestic abuse and violence, while simultaneously conducting workshops, writing and performing plays, and displaying works and art that would have the public and those who support them believe otherwise. It is a vulgar and offensive misrepresentation of American Indian Culture, and further support of Coatlicue Theater, Hortensia Colorado, Elvira Colorado, Shan Colorado Finnerty and their work is tantamount to supporting domestic abuse and violence. Considering their duplicitous behavior, having them represent American Indian Culture is an insult to the dignity of American Indians and an affront to human beings.

    We therefore will not attend nor support any Coatlicue Theater productions or events where they will be featured. We will be encouraging others that might consider attending, participating, or funding them to do the same. Our actions are warranted, and to be associated with the aforementioned individuals and Coatlicue Theater would be equivalent to enabling and contributing to such offensive behaviour. We are urging everyone to reevaluate their support of Coatlicue Theatre and the Colorados, and question the individuals concerned. Until the responsible individuals are held accountable and measures are taken to verify that the abuse is no longer occurring, we will continue with our boycott of Coatlicue Theatre and we will strongly urge others to do the same.

  3. “JOY” appriciates the support of her but wishes her name be removed fron this post….Thanks

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