I had the opportunity to be in the audience at a recent taping of Anderson Cooper’s new daytime show, Anderson (Check out a clip form the episode here). His guest was supermodel Carré Otis, who was there to speak about her new memoir, Beauty, Disrupted. In her book, Otis reveals details about her volatile relationship with actor Mickey Rourke and how her life began to spiral out of control with violence, drugs and an eating disorder.
During the show, Cooper read an excerpt from the book:
"His hand came down across my face hard, an open palm, then a backhand. I went flying across the room, blood trickled from my nose. ‘I must deserve this I thought.’"
Otis says she remembers wondering, ‘what did I do wrong, what could I do better,’ and suggests that many victims feel the same way.
While Otis has been able to turn her life around, for many other women who are victims of domestic abuse it’s not as easy. Approximately, one woman is killed by her current or ex-partner every week in Canada. Plus, new research from the University of British Columbia suggests that women who have been able to end violent relationships still face persistent health issues, legal troubles and economic burdens.
Do you know someone still struggling in the aftermath of an abusive relationship?