(Inspired by Martin Niemoller's "When they came for me...")
First, he began to tell her what to wear, and I did nothing because, obviously, he cares what she looks like.
Then, he came home from a bad day at work and told her the house looked like crap and said she was a pig, and I did nothing because it is his house, isn't it?
Then, he started calling her degrading names when he was angry, and I did nothing because I give money to breast cancer research and wear a pink ribbon;
Then, he warned her not to go anywhere with her bitchy best friend, and I did nothing because he was just trying to protect her;
Then, when she did meet her best friend for lunch, he put his fist through the wall a foot from her head, seething with anger and spittle, and I did nothing because he did tell her not to, didn't he?
Then, he told her not to go anywhere without him, and I did nothing because it's not really my business;
Then, when she did, he showed her the gun he bought, and I did nothing because I am active in the peace movement;
Then, when she threatened to call the police, he told her they wouldn't believe her, and I did nothing because the cops can handle this type of thing;
Then, when she told him she didn't want to have sex anymore and he forced her, I did nothing because she's his wife, isn't she?
And then, when she said she was leaving him, he said he would commit suicide if she did, and I did nothing because it was just an idle threat;
And then when she did leave, he found her and shot her, and I did nothing because it was too late.
And besides, isn't there some kind of woman's group that could have dealt with this?
- Stephen McArthur
Crisis Advocate and Prevention Educator
For Washington County,Vermont