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I was on Facebook recently and saw a post in Kuwait (similar to others I have seen in the past) saying something to the affect of, "I hear my neighbor screaming at night. Many nights. I know her husband is beating her. I can hear the children crying. What should I do?"
My knee-jerk reaction is, ' Call the police, dumbass.'
What shocked me were many of the comments - by WOMEN. Often advising not to call the police because it would "make trouble." Fellow women. Sisters. Women who might be in the same or similar circumstances someday in their lives who need help. Woman-the-f-up and do the right thing!
When are people's attitudes going to change? Especially women's?!
Someone is screaming. There are children involved. If it sounds like a beat-down, it's a beat-down. Call the effing police.
One comment (again by a woman and similar to quite a few others on the post) advised the poster to bake the woman a cake and try to befriend her. Bake her a cake. (Allow me to let that sink in.) Bake her a cake. Effing ARCHAIC! Are we in 1940? You can bake her a cake after the police haul her husband off. You'll have plenty of time to chit-chat and have cake and tea while her bruises fade and her children get psychological assistance.
I know there are female lawyers and groups willing to help women in Kuwait with domestic violence emergencies, but I personally don't know the emergency numbers (and I'm super-nosy and keep records of this information, so obviously it isn't being publicized enough if it is out there). Can anyone send me the contact information so when I see these awful posts, I can advise?