It has happened again. Jana Mackey, 25, died at the hands of a former boyfriend (7/5, Local, “Lawrence man charged in murder”). Ironically and tragically, Jana was an advocate in the oh-so-long campaign against what is euphemistically called “domestic violence.”
Some women think they are immune, that they can fight off an attacker, but the facts say the reverse. After a victim has taken the incredibly courageous step to move away from the perpetrator, she is in even more danger of harm.
In the name of those who have died, in the name of our daughters for whom we have hope and concern, let us speak out against family violence in whatever way is available to us. There are no family secrets in a just society.
The Rev. Mary Latela
Amnesty International USA