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The “abuser” becomes the abused

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We all stand up for women when they have a domestic violence dispute, but what about men? For example, everyone jumped to defend Amber Heard defense as soon as a domestic violence case against Johnny Depp was filed. Now that the tables have turned, nobody defends him? Many people believe that this is a just a hoax, but it’s not.

Depp says “ the case against me was part of an elaborate hoax to generate positive publicity for Amber Heard Career.” There are eyewitness, and videos of Heard abusing Depp. Yet many people lied under oath to a judge, and to police. What does that say about our justice system?

According to thejarkartapost.com “If it does come out that Amber did lie about the abuse, this shouldn’t stop us from believing and supporting those who have experienced this. Quoting sports writer Lena Blietz tweet: ‘[She’s] the exception not the rule. [Most] domestic violence reports are not fabricated. [This] is a fact.’’

Why are we so quick to defend women, and ignore the fact that this happens to men too? According to ncdav.org “ 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner.” In may not be as likely in men, but it happens. We, as humans, need to realize that there is not a double standard here.

Why are we so quick to jump to womens side, but never a mans? We choose our specific battles. We choose the women’s side, but do we ever take a second to think about how we would feel if the situation was reversed. I stand with Johnny Depp, I stand with all the men and women who have been involved in a domestic violence dispute, or case.

No matter if you are male of female, there is help out there. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is here to help. No matter your situation, there is help. Reach for it.

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