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Every now and then, I get a wake-up call reminding me that my world is not often a happy place where everybody gets along. Yesterday, a good friend of mine told me that she was physically assaulted several weeks ago by someone we both know. The reasons for the assault aren't clear to me, and to the best that we can understand, he just beat her up for fun. In the weeks prior to this happening, he had already been physically and verbally harassing her, to the point where it was making her very uncomfortable. She confronted him about this and asked him to stop, and he apologized and said it wouldn't happen again. The next week, he beat her up pretty badly. He's fairly bulky, probably around 180 lbs. I'd be surprised if she's more than 100 lbs.

For a long time, my friend didn't do anything about it or tell anyone, largely out of fear. Eventually, she contacted the police, filed a report, and triggered an investigation. I won't get into the details, but the end result is that he's getting off with a lighter punishment than he should get, and she has physically recovered.

I'm not quite sure why I decided to post this. It's not that this sort of thing surprises me. It's not like I don't read the paper or watch the news. I guess it's just that I get angry, sad, and depressed each time it happens, especially when it involves someone close to me...

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