Famous female boxer Christy Martin was shot and stabbed this past Tuesday, Nov. 24. If that is not shocking enough, the main suspect in the case is her husband, who is also her trainer, 66-year -ld James Martin.
At the time of the writing of this article, cops are still looking for him while Mrs. Martin is recovering in the hospital; she did not sustain “life-threatening” injuries, according to TMZ. If the allegations are true, however, history has proved that many spousal abuse cases eventually do end in death.
All one has to do is look at the “trial of the century” to see this clearly. Though O.J. Simpson was acquitted of his estranged wife’s, Nicole Brown’s, murder, the reports of prior battery in the marriage have been documented, according to UMKC School of Law. With speculation still running rampant on whether he did it or not, Simpson was tried and found innocent.
This should give a wake up call to Christy Martin, and all of the women out there like her who report emotional abuse and beatings worldwide every year. O.J. either did do it and got away with it, or he didn’t and his reputation has forever been tarnished, his career pretty much dead because of the publicity. I won’t even go into the rumors of this affecting his sentencing at his most recent trial. One has to wonder: If Brown would have left him at the first sign of abuse, would she still be alive today? How would her life circumstances have been different? In short, would she still have been standing in front of her attacker, whoever it was, that fateful day?
Another famous case of spousal abuse is that of Ike and Tina Turner. Tina was abandoned by her parents as a child, according to the university paper “No Qualms with Tina,” and then the love of her life, who should have supported her and helped her find her strength, allegedly emotionally tore her down and battered her throughout their marriage. The difference in this instance, thoug,h is that she found her own inner strength and filed for divorce.
In this case, Christy Martin and others who feel they have been beaten down by the men in their lives should find Tina an inspiration. Read her story, feel her pain and let her show you how to find yourself.
The most recent infamous case involves retired adult film star Jenna Jameson and her former UFC boyfriend Tito Ortiz. In short, he allegedly beat her up in April of 2010, according to MSNBC News. Picture him at 205 pounds, a mixed martial arts man, and her at 110, literally a “lover not a fighter,” engaged in battle. In no way should that have gotten violent. Next came allegations of drug use on the part of Jameson and more allegations of abuse. It turned into a news circus and almost a household joke. What has this country come to that these incidents are funny, or that Jameson would keep publicly adding to the frenzy instead of doing something about it all?
Some of these words may seem harsh, but they are in no way intended to portray these women as anything but victims. It was not Christy Martin’s fault, Nicole Brown’s fault, Tina Turner’s fault or Jenna Jameson’s fault that they got hurt. That responsibility lies completely on the perpetrators of the crimes. All these cases show that there needs to be way to help every battered woman become whole again, to stop being victims and instead become survivors. Domestic violence needs to continually be addressed until we find a way to put an end to it.