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.

No White Picket Fence

No white picket fence

For almost two weeks, Marilyn and I searched for a place to live. Every place we checked in Carson City was too costly. Finally, we rented a small condemned house at the Babbitt Army Depot about 35 miles north of Mina. It hadn't been occupied for seven years. The dirt had blown in and piled up in the corners a foot deep; the windows were sandblasted so badly we could hardly see through them; the house was overrun with lizards and field mice. We spent four days cleaning just to get it up to livable standards.

As always, a big part of my life was writing to Sam. With him in Vietnam, it was easy to push his abuse ...

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