- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1970 KB
- Print Length: 390 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: WildBlue Press; 2 edition (13 March 2018)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07BBW4LHW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #76,261 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
THE BEAST I LOVED: A Battered Woman's Desperate Struggle To Survive Kindle Edition
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“The book is gripping; it reads like the best of mystery novels and the reader cannot wait to find out what happens in the next section or chapter. It is an excellent supplemental reading source for the upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses I teach on Family Violence. The author does a superior job of getting the reader into the mindset of a woman experiencing both the battered woman syndrome and learned helplessness...The outcome is totally unpredictable and a reader would be well-advised to avoid the temptation to turn to the end in order to learn the final outcome.”—Raymond Teske, Jr., Ph.D., Professor, Criminal Justice Center, Sam Houston State University
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woman, although in the battered women’s syndrome, she was so
totally unable to do anything for herself.....
The book is pretty much told from the "victim's" stand point, so it is difficult to know how these experiences affected the other people in this sad and shocking story. The descriptions of the horrific abuse June said she suffered at the hands of her second husband, are very graphic and sickening and hard to read. After reading comments made by her daughters and her husband's family, and finding out that her daughters never want to see her again, because she apparently hurt them, I am unsure whether i actually want to uphold this woman as a champion of domestic violence. I would be interested to read about or hear what her daughters and her husband's family have to say from their own points of view.
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A testimony to the human spirit of endurance and strength !
Right from the first page you are pulled into Judy Briand's highly dysfunctional childhood, adolescence and adulthood.
Dropping out of high school, sexual abuse from her first 'husband' and horrific domestic abuse from her 2nd one, Jimmy Briand. A horrendous, yet inspiring journey in the lead-up to her killing Jimmy Briand, entering prison and finding her voice and her footing while there. Interesting insights on the US justice and prison system as well. A lot of strides have been made. Much more needs to be done, not just in the US, but the world over. Very insightful on how dysfunctional families set up children for struggle and how the cycle perpetuates itself in their children after them, down the generations. The cycle needs to be broken and emotional health regained. Highly recommended for domestic violence victims, helpers and those interested in abuse of women in general.
In the end, the authors message was, “Don’t do what I did. Reach out.”, but the thing is, when someone is in that situation, just as she was unable to reach out, others often cannot reach out either for the same exact reasons she was unable to reach out. And as for there being ‘abuse shelters’, many of them only allow a stay of up to 3 days, and then you have to find your own means elsewhere. There are very few who will take a woman in, or a woman with children, for an extended time and help them get on their feet, become gainfully employed, and help them find housing they can afford. Also, ‘abuse shelters’ are being reduced greatly in numbers in recent years. What I have seen in recent years in this regard is that the system is going backwards instead of becoming more progressive in helping abused persons.
Some women reading this book may feel compelled to reach out, but in my instance I need to read other women’s stories.