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Physical abuse in public places

Date Posted: 2001-07-07

I am glad to know that you will read this and know it is you to whom this letter is primarily addressed.

On the 10th of June, seven days before Father’s Day, I saw you physically accost your wife, pull her against her will onto your boat, throw her down and strike her. You did this in front of your two young children, presumably yours, so it is not a surprise that you did not care to see who else witnessed your attack.

Prior to seeing you, I wanted to believe that guys like you did your evil deeds in the conspicuousness of the dark. If I were wrong about that I may be wrong about my other presumption that domestic violence is on the decline because good people who report such things outweigh the number of bad people who do such things.

This situation is often a taboo topic – many people look the other way when they see a spouse tattooed with the evidence of physical beating. The day you hit your wife, it took me a while to register the fact that you struck her. I saw it, I heard it, and part of me even felt it. I could have decided to simply ignore what I saw but conscientiously I had no choice since you performed you vile act in front of children. That is intolerable. You are creating a violent cycle. What a legacy.

You know who you are, sir. The incident I witnessed is representative of many. Good people of Okinawa. Be on guard for these men who break their wedding wows by breaking bones. In uniform, some appear respectable. But I am here to tell you that when no one is seemingly watching, they show their true colors. Repent today – live tomorrow.

Bay Watcher

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