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Meredith Vieira Breaks Her Silence on Abusive Relationship

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http://www.nbcnews.com/watch/nightly-news/meredith-vieira-breaks-her-silence-on-abusive-relationship-330443843551

THIS DEBATE OVER THE MESS IN THE NFL IS GOING ON ACROSS THIS COUNTRY WHEREVER PEOPLE GATHER. THAT INCLUDES SOCIAL MEDIA. ON TWITTER IT GOES BY THE HASH TAG, WHYISTAYED WHERE WOMEN TALK ABOUT WHY THEY HAD DIFFICULTY LEAVING AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP. THE STATS ARE ONE IN FOUR WOMEN WILL EXPERIENCE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN THEIR LIFETIME. ONE IN FOUR. TODAY, A MEMBER OF OUR OWN NBC FAMILY SHARED A PAINFUL STORY OF HER OWN. AND MEREDITH VIEIRA’S POWERFUL WORDS ARE BEING CREDITED FOR THE ATTENTION THEY BRING. WE GET THE STORY FROM OUR NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT KATE SNOW.
IT’S VERY, VERY COMPLICATED ISSUE, SO I WANTED TO EXPLAIN TO YOU WHY I STAYED. I WAS IN AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP MANY, MANY YEARS AGO AS A YOUNG WOMAN —
Reporter: IT WASN’T AN EASY STORY TO TELL.
I LOVED THIS GUY. IT STARTED OUT WITH WE WOULD HAVE A FIGHT AND HE’D SORT OF GRAB MY ARM. AND, YOU KNOW, I DIDN’T THINK A LOT ABOUT IT. AND THEN IT TURNED INTO PUSHING ME AGAINST THE WALL. AND THEN IT WENT BEYOND THAT TO ACTUALLY TAKING HIS HAND AND GRABBING MY FACE AND SAYING I COULD RUIN YOUR CAREER IF I WANTED TO AND NO ONE WOULD WANT YOU.
Reporter: MEREDITH VIEIRA SAYS SHE STRUGGLED TO SHARE INTIMATE PERSONAL DETAILS.
THEN THERE WAS THE NIGHT — WE SHARED AN APARTMENT. AND HE THREW ME INTO A SHOWER NAKED IN SCALDING WATER, AND HEN HE THREW ME OUTSIDE INTO THE HALLWAY. AND I HID IN A STAIRWELL.
I THINK THERE ARE A LOT OF MYTHS OUT THERE THAT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ONLY HAPPENS TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE LOW SELF-ESTEEM, WHICH IS ABSOLUTELY BUNK. AND THE FACT SHE’S GOT THIS PHENOMENAL LIFE NOW, GREAT RELATIONSHIP AND A PHENOMENAL CAREER, I THINK GIVES SURVIVORS HOPE THAT YOU CAN GET PAST THIS.
Reporter: THE LAST TIME DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HAD SUCH A SPOTLIGHT WAS THE O.J. SIMPSON CASE.
PICKED HER UP, THREW HER AGAINST THE WALL.
Reporter: ANN, WHO WORKS WITH SURVIVORS IN CHICAGO, HOPES THIS MOMENT IS EVEN BIGGER.
I HOPE IT’S MORE THAN A MOMENT, HONESTLY. I THINK THAT THE AVAILABILITY OF SOCIAL MEDIA AND HASHTAGS AND FACEBOOK IS HELPING TO REACH PEOPLE WHO MIGHT NOT OTHERWISE BE REACHED.
BY ALL MEANS, TELL SOMEBODY WHAT’S GOING ON. LET SOMEBODY KNOW.
Reporter: IT’S NOT SO EASY TO JUST GET AWAY, VIEIRA SAID

Written by protectivemothersallianceinternational

September 18, 2014 at 4:40 am

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