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 16: The Sun Comes Out to Stay
The Sun Comes Out to Stay
Before I could digest the judge's ruling exonerating me, Bill Smith, my attorney, phoned to tell me the prosecutor was planning to appeal the self-defense ruling, possibly through District Court, the Grand Jury, or the State Supreme Court. Bill reported that the DA was willing to let me plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter, but he advised me not to accept that offer. I was no longer willing to plead guilty to anything, because I wasn't guilty, and one judge had already recognized that. I realized, though, that I was still in jeopardy. Bill advised me to go ahead and apply for my military benefits, using the judge's ruling as evidence of my eligibility.
It was ...