Yet another suspect has a reported history of abusing women. It's time to take misogynistic threats seriouslyby Sian Norris / August 15, 2017 / Leave a comment
Three days after the apparent terrorist attack in Charlottesville, we learnt a new fact about murder suspect James Alex Fields Jr: he had a history of domestic abuse.
On Monday, Fields’ mother described various incidents of violence committed against her by her son. She describes making multiple 911 calls as a result of beatings, being threatened with a knife, and being spat on. At various points, the police were called to the family home.
These revelations were of little surprise to women who have campaigned on male violence against women and girls. All too often, a terrorist’s first victim is the woman in his home.
Take London Bridge attacker Rachid Redouane, whose wife detailed his acts emotional abuse, while her friends reported she’d endured physical abuse at his hands. Or Robert Lewis Dear, whose wife reported being pushed out of a window years before he opened fire on a Planned Parenthood clinic. Then there’s Khalid Masood, who drove a car into people at Westminster bridge, and Omar Mateen who murdered dozens of people in an Orlando night club—both men were perpetrators of domestic violence.