Patrick Stewart (aka Capt Picard) on domestic violence

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  1. mongrel Member

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  2. Anonymous Member

    A snip. Wow...
    Patrick Stewart: the legacy of domestic violence

    As a child, the actor regularly saw his father hit his mother. Here he describes how the horrors of his childhood remained with him in his adult life
    Patrick Stewart as a baby with his mother Gladys. Photograph: Collect
    My father was, in many ways, a man of discipline, organisation and charisma - a regimental sergeant major no less. One of the very last men to be evacuated from Dunkirk, his third stripe was chalked on to his uniform by an officer when no more senior NCOs were left alive. Parachuted into Crete and Italy, both times under fire, he fought at Monte Casino and was twice mentioned in dispatches. A fellow soldier once told me, "When your father marches on to the parade ground, the birds in the trees stop singing."

    In civilian life it was a different story. He was an angry, unhappy and frustrated man who was not able to control his emotions or his hands. As a child I witnessed his repeated violence against my mother, and the terror and misery he caused was such that, if I felt I could have succeeded, I would have killed him. If my mother had attempted it, I would have held him down. For those who struggle to comprehend these feelings in a child, imagine living in an environment of emotional unpredictability, danger and humiliation week after week, year after year, from the age of seven. My childish instinct was to protect my mother, but the man hurting her was my father, whom I respected, admired and feared.

    From Monday morning to Friday tea time he worked as a semi-skilled labourer, and was diligent and sober. Often funny and charming, he was always rich in the personal stories of warfare and adventure that thrilled me. But come Friday night, after the pubs closed, we awaited his return with trepidation. I would be in bed but not asleep. I could never sleep until he did; while he was awake we were all at risk. Instead, I would listen for his voice, singing, as he walked home. Certain songs were reassuring: I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen; I'll Walk Beside You . . . But army songs were not a good sign. And worst of all was silence. When I could only hear footsteps it was the signal to be super-alert.

    Our house was small, and when you grow up with domestic violence in a confined space you learn to gauge, very precisely, the temperature of situations. I knew exactly when the shouting was done and a hand was about to be raised – I also knew exactly when to insert a small body between the fist and her face, a skill no child should ever have to learn. Curiously, I never felt fear for myself and he never struck me, an odd moral imposition that would not allow him to strike a child. The situation was barely tolerable:

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  3. Anonymous Member

    Trigger zone
  4. fishypants Moderator

    Make it so!

    (2.8m views I note, which isn't bad at all).
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  5. Anonymous Member

    When the chap at the end of the Patrick Stewart video said "Almost impossible to follow", I thought "How rude! That was very easy to understand." But, of course, he didn't mean it that way.
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  7. Anonymous Member

    Sigh. I do wish more women would learn to martial arts.

    Most of these wifebeating pigs would change their tune once they tried it on the wrong girl and had their testicles ripped off and fed to them.

    I mean that literally, too. Nothing pleases me more than to hear about a rapist or abuser being maimed or killed by the intended victim.
  8. Anonymous Member

    Rape Rates Drop - Firearms training.jpg
  9. Anonymous Member

    yeah right guns da answer :(
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    From October 1966 to March 1967 the Orlando Police Department sponsored a program intended to train women in the safe use of firearms. It was introduced in reaction to sharp increases in the number of rapes in 1966 and was given considerable publicity in the local newspaper. Because the program nicely bracketed the division between 1966 and 1967, we can use annual crime figures from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports to compare crime rates for 1966 (largely preceding the program) with those for 1967 (largely after the program).

    Figure 1 and Table 1 indicate crime trends for Orlando and surrounding areas. For 1966 the rape rate was 35.91 in Orlando, while it was only 4.18 for 1967, a one-year drop of 88%.

    Law and Policy Quarterly Issue on Firearms and Firearms Regulation:

    Old Premises, New Research

    vol. 5, no. 3, 1983: 271.

    Posted for Educational use only. The printed edition remains canonical. For citational use please visit the local law library or obtain a back issue.


    Florida State University
    University of Illinois, Urbana

    It cannot be claimed that this was merely part of a general downward trend in rape, since the national rate was increasing at the time. No other U.S. city with a population over 100,000 experienced so large a percentage decrease in the number of rapes from 1966 to 1967, and only Philadelphia could boast of even so large a decrease in absolute numbers.

    (Philadelphia rapes went from 537 to 458, a drop of 79 rapes, but only a 15% decrease.) Further, comparison of Orlando with the surrounding metropolitan area and with Florida as a whole (excluding Orlando) indicates there were no comparable declines; rape was essentially constant or increasing during this period. Nor can it be [Page 285]


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  13. mongrel Member

    Thank you for delivering. That is some very persuasive dox and I am now fully convinced. There is no doubt in my mind regarding your ineptitude at data interpretation and your lack of ability to draw meaningful inferences.

    I could explain the errors but I'm fairly certain it would be the intellectual equivalent of arguing with a rock. On the off chance that you are actually interested, let me know and I'll explain.

    I'll even do it without being a dick :)
  14. anonsoldier Member

    Correlation does not equal causation. The same swing in rapes can be seen in other two year brackets where NO gun training program existed. In fact, if you widen the scope of time looked at, the rate swings wildly back and forth year to year.
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