I Am Not Your Victim vividly details the evolution of domestic violence during the 16-year marriage of author Beth Sipe. Encouraged to publish her story by her therapist and co-author, Evelyn J. Hall, Beth relates the background and events leading up to and immediately following the tragic act of desperation that ended the life of her sadistic perpetrator. Beth's subsequent mishandling by the police, the military, a mental health professional, and the welfare system illustrates how women like Beth face further revictimization and neglect by the very systems that should provide support and assistance. Insightful commentaries written by experts in the field follow Beth's story and deepen readers' understanding of the causes and process of spousal abuse, why battered women stay, and the dynamic consequences of domestic violence. This updated edition includes new commentaries and an epilogue that tracks what happened to Beth in the years following the book's publication.
Chapter 12: Presumed Guilty
On May 10, I was free after the most degrading, humiliating experience of my life. When Debra picked me up from jail that night, she had Daniel with her in the car. We hugged and cried, overcome with relief, sorrow, joy. On the way home, I learned that James had returned the previous night. When he started to enter the house through the back door, he heard the police radio, got scared, and jumped into the storage shed, locking himself in.
Within minutes, he heard the policemen outside, discussing whether or not to break down the door of the shed. It was terrifying for him, thinking they might come in shooting. After they left, he spent the rest of the night in the ...