For John, BLUF: There is the meme and then there are the facts. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From The LA Times, by Reporter Cath Young, 22 February 2018.
Here is the lead-in:
During the recent Trump administration domestic-abuse scandals, most of the attention has been focused on former staff secretary Rob Porter. Porter resigned after both his former wives publicly accused him of assault — with a photograph as corroboration, in one instance. But a second case involving speechwriter David Sorensen, who also quit over allegations of past spousal violence, is far more complicated: Sorensen asserts that in his first marriage, he was the abused spouse. His claim raises an important issue — one that, unfortunately, has been overshadowed by the moral train wreck of Donald Trump's White House.Not that it makes in right for men to physically, or psychologically, abuse women, but it is a two way street Maybe this was not always this way, although I remember an Old Testament story about a woman murdering a man,♠ but as women have become less "the little wife" and more an equal partner, this kind of thing can develop.
Sorensen's ex-wife Jessica Corbett told the Washington Post she revealed her abuse to the FBI in 2017. She reiterated her accusations in a television interview. Yet Sorensen has at least some evidence on his side: A statement he posted after his resignation is accompanied by several cellphone photos from 2015 and 2016 of minor cuts, scrapes and bruises on his face, neck and chest. There is no proof these were inflicted by Corbett, but, assuming the dates on the photos were not doctored, the fact that Sorensen documented the injuries has some significance.
Sorensen's posted records also include a screenshot of text messages in which Corbett says she was justified in slapping him in response to his name-calling, and of messages with a friend of Corbett's who called her "high strung" and said she had admitted to slapping Sorenson. Corbett has confirmed that she "slapped Sorensen a number of times after he called her a vulgar term."
But Sorensen asserts that there was more to it than slaps. He claims Corbett repeatedly hit and punched him, and that she once blocked his way and grabbed him by the crotch while trying to stop him from leaving the house. She also threatened to accuse him of violence when she did not get her way, he says.
It would be good if everyone stopped; maybe trying to be nice to their spouse or partner for Lent.
UPDATE: "Heather Locklear arrested for domestic violence, attacking police officers", Fox News, Reporter Sasha Savitsky, 26 February 2018.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff
♠ Judith 13:1-10 and also Judges 4:19-21.