Abuse Leaves Deep Scars/White House Boys - By Waveney Ann Moore; Times Staff Writer- Sunday 27, September, 2009 St. Pete Times
I've been reading about the White House Boys lately. My heart goes out to them as young boys. They certainly didn't deserve to be beaten; however, my sympathy stops there. As men, I hold them accountable for their actions using their childhood as an excuse or their abusive adult behavior. It's lame, at best.
GET OVER IT! Of course now you want the state to settle up financially. Of course you do. Even more lame. If anyone deserves a money settlement it is the people you have abused over the years using your childhood as an excuse. I have no sympathy for you as adults.
As for the women who put themselves with these abusers, honestly, I think you enjoy being victims. I worked at The Haven (a domestic violence shelter run by RCS) a few years ago as a youth advocate. I couldn't believe the reasons women came up with for staying with these abusers. Money, I understand. It's hard to set out on your own especially with children and no support from Dad.
I talked to women all the time; not married, no kids. They can't stay away from these men. My favorite excuse was, "The sex is too good." OUCH! Is that B.S. (Beyond Stupid) or what? And you take your kids into these relationships with you. HELLO!
As for The Haven, their motto should be, "Excuses for everything, accountability for very little." It was entirely too much of a pity party.
- Jeff Shelton, Largo
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