Editorial: Reporting abuse

The scourge that is domestic violence or sexual violence is not the fault of the victim. There is no justification for inflicting physical harm, threatened harm or emotional abuse on another individual.
Overcoming the abuse includes speaking up about it and reporting it. Before taking that action, of course, victims need to believe that having family, friends and neighbors learn about this gross mistreatment is bound to be much more helpful than it could ever be hurtful.
People worry that being associated with domestic or sexual abuse implies some fault of their own. That worry is far outweighed by the benefit of getting help and understanding from all those who are prepared to assist, including the police, the Domestic Violence Crisis Center (which has a 24-hour hotline, 888-774-2900) and many others.
From July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014, 91 Wilton residents were brave enough to go to the Domestic Violence Crisis Center for help. Unfortunately, for two of them, their experience sent them to the hospital. All were aided by the crisis center through the Mark Nickel Fund for Wilton Families Impacted by Domestic Violence.
The crisis center works not only to help people suffering from domestic or sexual abuse, but also to prevent it through educational programs aimed across all ages.
It is true that it takes a great deal of bravery to speak up and report domestic or sexual abuse, but that is the road to take. It will lead to protection, justice and an ability to rebuild emotional and physical strength.