Aida Ortiz

Tina,your article was incredibly powerful. I am now wrestling with questions myself and want to know more. I just ended a 15-year abusive marriage. Why did I stay? How did I justify the verbal, emotional, psychological pain to myself and my two sons? My mother even asked me and I didn't know what to say or how to answer her. Was is something culturally that said, you stay married. This is part of being a wife. He's just having a bad day. There is something wrong with me, and on and on and on. While I was NOT abused in my family, I stepped right into the role of abused wife. And now I teach an abuse prevention class to Latin women who are in, just recently divorced or divorced for year from men that abused them. They too ask the same question, why didn't I see this? I am a cultural competency trainer professionally and I will be doing more research on this topic...for my job but mostly for me to find answers. Thank you again, Tina, for your article

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