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‘What Doesn’t Kill Me’ Documentary Film Screening Oct 28

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The powerful film ‘What Doesn’t Kill Me’ by Rachel Meyrick will screen on Monday, October 28 at 6:30 p.m. at Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall.

Join the City of West Hollywood and its Women’s Advisory Board for a special event to raise awareness about domestic violence, custody, and the family court. The documentary is ideal for October as Domestic Violence Awareness month. It is also about court revictimization (court licensed abuse).

According to an article in Huff Post on October 3,2917, an estimated 58,000 children are being placed in the custody of abusers by US courts annually. Abused women are often told, “You have to leave him for the sake of yourself and your children.”

Hope Loudon, the author, wrote, “A victim might agonize over the decision, on the tipping point between fear and desperation, and then find the courage to make the often-dramatic flight from her abuser to a safe place. A common expectation of what happens next is of a heroic, rosy ending where the abuser faces justice and the victim is free.”

“Unfortunately, this outcome is often fiction, with many victims entering a new stage of the nightmare: custody court. “

“Because of systemic bias, ignorance, and the denigration of the rights of women and children, judges order shared or sole custody to abusers which enables continued abuse of the mother through her children (Domestic Violence by Proxy). Studies show that domestic abusers receive custody most of time.”

“Precious few films have paid any attention to this issue because it is wrought with controversy that left many documentarians afraid to touch it…It was with this backdrop that Rachel Meyrick chose to come across the pond (from her native England) to give voice to victims. The long-awaited film offers victims validation and raises awareness, representing one step closer to freedom for them and their children.”

The film began as a short film about an 86-year-old woman in Oklahoma who escaped a violent husband after 62 years of marriage. Charlotta Harrison is an inspiring survivor who now advocates for domestic violence victims.

According to the filmaker, “Early in the making of this film, I realized that domestic violence is not a tempting subject: people care about animals and children but not battered women. I thought that going at the subject with the children at the forefront would make people pay attention.”

“I had been warned that this was a dangerous film to make. I was told in no uncertain terms that attempts would be made by extremist groups to sabotage the success of the film. In no way does the film make accusations, and I worked hard to make sure that the film remained objective. “

“I laid out the facts from experts, and contributor’s stories in an honest way, avoiding all ‘conspiracy theories’ or extreme views.,,No perpetrators were interviewed for the film, as this is not a film about perpetrators; it’s about how mothers and children cope after escaping domestic violence. “

Following the screening will be a panel discussion with survivors, advocates and legal experts about the issue of court-related abuse, in which perpetrators of domestic violence use the family court as a means of maintaining contact with their victims in order to continue to abuse them.

Admission is free. For more information, please contact Larissa Fooks at (323) 848-6823 or lfooks@weho.org.

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