Miranda broke down in tears while talking to me. She’d suffered months of abuse by her husband following the birth of her son. He was going out all the time, didn’t show any interest in their son and spent what time he had at home on the Internet or watching TV. Conversations ended in arguments. Arguments sometimes ended in violence.
She knew she needed to get out. She acknowledged that she couldn’t love someone who couldn’t love her or their son as he should. But she continued to struggle with making the decision to leave. Why? “I don’t want my son to grow up without a father,” she said. “I don’t want him to have a broken home.”
Miranda is under the spell of cultural myths that don’t match her realities
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