This is an extreme case that demonstrates one of the main reasons women don’t leave abusive relationships even once we realize we are in them. It also shows that there is hope to escape from them, no matter how bad they are, and to reclaim your life.
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By David Kelly, Special to The Times
Reporting from Cleveland— Inside a stuffy Cleveland classroom, Tim Boehnlein explained the mechanics of domestic violence and then posed a question.
“So why do women stay?” he asked his class of would-be counselors.
Ignorance, low self-esteem, lack of education, they speculated. No one really knew.
Except maybe the silent woman in back — the one fidgeting and looking at the floor.
It’s taken more than a decade for Laura Cowan to come up with an answer to the seemingly simple question of why women stay: “They are just trying to survive.”
Cowan, now 53, survived one of the most notorious abuse cases in recent California history. Her encounter with the twisted logic…
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