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 2: And Baby Makes Four
And Baby Makes Four
Before leaving Steele, I had arranged for a teenage girl to take care of my cats. When Matt and I got home, I found that she had stolen all my food and run up a big long-distance phone bill. Having been off work for three weeks, I was broke. When Sam left for Vietnam, he didn't offer me any money, and I was too emotionally torn up to think to ask. Except for the fact that Sam had drawn a $2,000 advance to pay for his flights, I knew nothing about his finances. Before he left, he told me not to worry about money, that he had filled out allotment papers for me.
I started back to work at ...