So important to share this.



It’s not often – if ever – that you can witness a man grooming a woman to accept battering. We now have a visual record of how one man attempted it. And it may help to warn women away from potential abusers.

Sara Naomi Lewkowicz, a grad student at Ohio University, had planned to study the stigma of being an ex-convict. While at a local Corn Festival she spotted a tattoo-covered man who was gently cuddling a cute little girl. She approached and asked him and his girlfriend if she could photograph them over a period of time for her project, and they agreed.

Our photographer had met the couple only about a month after they’d gotten together. Two and a half months later she photographed Shane as he battered Maggie in their home. And she had already amassed a photographic record of how he had groomed her for…

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I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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  1. Jeremy Nathan Marks says:

    It is remarkable how this graduate student captured all of this on camera. I have often wondered how photographers feel when they witness horrors and atrocities. I would love to know what the student’s reflections are on what she witnessed (personal, not professional thoughts).

    I appreciate that you shared this.

    • Jeremy–thank you. I had to pass this on. I do not know if I could ever (or even should) sit passively and take photographs of something like this. It takes a degree of separation and schadenfreude I just don’t have in me. Glad she did it, though, because these images are so very powerful. That one of the little girl in the kitchen is just heartbreaking.

      • Jeremy Nathan Marks says:

        It is a shame the Pultizers go to journalists and scholars but not grad students. The Pulitzer committee should look at those photographs, especially the one you refer to . After all, photographers can win the prize.

  2. Jeremy Nathan Marks says:

    And, of course, I would like to know more about what the mother and her children think of what happened.

  3. nelle says:

    I’ve seen too much of it. I’ll be damned if I could take pictures and let it happen.

  4. Doris says:

    Thank you for sharing this Susan, I have no words for those photographs,so sad.

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