Violence far too pervasive

Domestic violence has no boundaries and does not discriminate.

The abuse is horrific, but leaving the situation can be equally difficult. At its core, domestic violence is a pattern of power and control that often comes in the form of psychological, not necessarily physical, abuse.

The current statistics are staggering: one in four women will be a victim of domestic violence, one in four is a victim of physical violence by an intimate partner and a woman is assaulted every 9 seconds in the United States. Of these women, 47 percent will be diagnosed with depression and 63 percent will be diagnosed with PTSD.

These women did not choose to be victims. If you suspect that a friend or family member is in an abusive relationship, please find a safe time and place to speak with them.

Melody Rutschow

Fall Creek

Power grab ill-advised

An open letter to Wisconsin Republican senators and Assembly members:

In this season of “peace on earth, goodwill toward men (and women),” each of you voted against the will of Wisconsin voters who elected Tony Evers, Mandela Barnes, Josh Kaul, Doug La Follette, Sarah Godlewski and Tammy Baldwin in the 2018 midterms.

Each of you voted to restrict early voting and to give yourselves power that negates the governor-elect and attorney general-elect’s ability to fulfill their campaign promises.

As members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), and beneficiaries of one of the nation’s most gerrymandered states, you voted with impunity.

Many of your constituents may not know or understand your blatant attacks on democracy. You may slap them on the back after attending a seasonal church service and wish them well.

However, I am making it my mission to “go tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere” what you have done to maintain your party’s power.

Those of you, including outgoing Gov. Scott Walker, who espouse christianity, take heed of your Bible’s words: “And they come to you as people come, and they sit before you as my people, and they hear what you say but they will not do it; for with lustful talk in their mouths they act; their heart is set on their gain” (Ezekiel 33:31, ESV).

Christine Webster

Eau Claire