Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A Cold, Hard Reality

Robyn Mendes, 49, was a mother of 3 children. Ms. Mendes was stabbed to death on January 3, 2009, by her daughter’s father, Gary Gomes who also murdered his mother, Katherine Gomes, 61, the next day.

Luz Forty, 38, was a mother of 4 children, 3 daughters and 1 son, ages 16 to 20. Ms. Forty was stabbed to death by her boyfriend, Mario Gonzalez, on February 14, 2009.

Tiana Notice, 25, was a young women with her life ahead of her. Ms. Notice was allegedly stabbed to death by her ex-boyfriend, James Carter, on February 16, 2009.

Penha Quiterio, 67, was a mother of 1 adult son. Ms. Quiterio was shot to death by her husband, Armelin Quiterio, on March 12, 2009.

Maryse Antoine, 46, was a mother to a 3-year-old daughter and an 18-year old son. Ms. Antoine was allegedly strangled to death by her boyfriend, Souleymane Yacouba-Issa on March 22, 2009.

Silvia Rosa, 44, was a mother of two children married for 20 years to a man with no history of domestic violence. Mrs. Rosa was stabbed to death by her husband, Mizael Rosa, on March 26, 2009.

Linda Auger was a mother of 4 children. Ms. Auger was stabbed to death by her boyfriend on April 29, 2009.

Yuliya Galpernia, 42, was a mother of two children and nine months pregnant with her third child. Ms. Galpernia and her unborn child were allegedly stabbed to death by her boyfriend, Peter Ronchi, on May 16, 2009.

Rebecca Moulton, 27, was a young woman with her whole life ahead of her. Ms. Moulton was allegedly beaten to death by her boyfriend, David Vincent III, a man with an established history of domestic violence, on June 4, 2009.

Ana Cruz, 39, was a mother of four children and a grandmother of four children. Ms. Cruz was allegedly murdered by stabbing and smoke inhalation by her husband, Benjamin Sanchez on July 12, 2009.

Mary Beaton, 33, was a mother of an 11-year-old daughter. Ms. Beaton was strangled and suffocated to death by her boyfriend, Joseph Beatty, on August 28, 2009.

Giselle Rodriguez, 23, was a student at Fitchburg State College. Ms. Rodriguez was allegedly murdered by her ex-boyfriend, Alexander Skowran, on September 21, 2009, just days before he was due to appear in court for proceedings related to a restraining order.

According to Jane Doe, Inc., these are the names of the women who have been murdered from January 1, 2009 through September 21, 2009, from the State of Massachusetts alone. This list does not represent the women across the United States and around the world who have lost their lives at the hands of abusers. This list does not include the children who have died as a result of abuse in the home.

One abusive one too many.

Who replaces the void created in the world when these lives are so violently and senselessly ripped away? Who speaks for the children who have lost their mothers or for the women who can never again speak for themselves?

Today marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Have you spoken today?

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