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 8: A House in Glitter Gulch
A House in Glitter Gulch
I don't recall much about the drive from Denver to Vegas, probably because Sam and I weren't driving together. I no longer thought much about our relationship, since I had given up hope that it would ever improve. I just thought about getting to Vegas safely, about the problems of my kids, and about all the work of finding housing and unpacking. I felt an overwhelming sadness at being pulled away from friends and a chance at a real career. I knew that I would be starting all over from scratch in Vegas.
As I started the descent from Mesquite into Vegas, my first impression was “What kind of place is this?” The desert was strewn with ...