The fact that we are still tuning in to watch a celebrity who is also a serial batterer is a sign that we don’t give this issue the seriousness it deserves.
By Noliwe M. Rooks
As someone who once worked as a counselor in a shelter for battered women, I am deeply troubled by how lightly we take Sheen’s long history of domestic violence, which dates back to 1994 when a college student sued him for hitting her in the head after she declined his sexual advances (the case was settled out of court). In 1996 he was arrested and pleaded guilty to battering a girlfriend who needed seven stitches to her lip, and in 2009 he pleaded guilty to first choking and then holding a knife to his third wife’s throat. Yes, some of the initial interest in Anger Management has waned, but even the fact that people initially tuned in to see a celebrity who also happens to be a serial batterer is a sign that we don’t give this issue the seriousness it deserves.
And it’s not just Charlie Sheen.