Two years ago, Mel Gibson donated $25,000 to Casa Myrna Vazquez, Boston's largest provider of shelter and supportive services to victims of domestic violence. At the time, the organization's directors, Nathalie Favre-Gilly and Deborah Collins-Gousby, were thrilled. "Two years later, we’re grateful again — but for a very different reason," they say in The Boston Globe. With the uproar over Gibson's shocking rants at his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, "he's making the case for our work." Gibson's contention that Grigorieva deserved physical abuse underscores the fact that there are more than 5 million incidents of domestic violence annually — many of them perpetrated by men who "generate fear, misery and despair on a daily basis":
Can there still be people who think this way, talk this way, behave this way? In a word, yes. Lots of them. Behind closed doors, they generate fear, misery and despair on a daily basis.
They don’t garner national attention like the Mel Gibsons, the Charlie Sheens or the Chris Browns. We’ll never see photos of the bruises they inflict on their victims, or hear audiotapes of their abuse. Their victims won’t be front page news unless they happen to die at the hands of their abusers. And yet the toll these abusers exact on their victims, and our society, is enormous.