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Domestic violence everywhere lives in the shadows, and in China it thrives in a secrecy instilled by tradition that holds family conflicts to be private. It is also hard to go public in a country where many still consider women subservient to their husban

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Maui G (68)
Sunday April 22, 2012, 12:48 pm
Her head was ringing from the blows. Once, twice, three times, her husband slammed her face into the living room floor.

Kim Lee tried to twist her tall but skinny frame out from under his 91-kilogram (200-pound) body, scraping her elbows and knees on the carpet. He kept on pounding. Eight, nine, 10 times _ she thought she might black out.

Then, close to the floor, she glimpsed the neon pink-painted toenails of her 3-year-old daughter, Lydia. "Stop!" the child cried. "What are you doing? Stop, Daddy, stop!" She jumped on her father and scratched his arm.

"Damn it!" he yelled. He loosened his grip on his wife, and she crawled away.

It wasn't the first time in their relationship that Li Yang, a Chinese celebrity entrepreneur, had struck her _ but for his American wife, it was going to be the last.

She scooped up her wailing child, grabbed their passports and a wad of cash, and walked out of their Beijing apartment. And in doing so, she opened the door to a torrent of anguish about domestic violence in her adopted country, inadvertently becoming a folk hero for Chinese battered women.

Domestic violence everywhere lives in the shadows, and in China it thrives in a secrecy instilled by tradition that holds family conflicts to be private. It is also hard to go public in a country where many still consider women subservient to their husbands, and there is no specific national law against domestic violence.

At least one in four women in China is estimated to have been a victim of domestic violence at some point in her life, surveys show, with the rate in rural areas as high as two out of every three women. The violence takes many forms, from physical and sexual assault to emotional abuse or economic deprivation.

Lee's case has spawned tens of thousands of postings on Chinese Twitter-like sites, along with protests and talk show debates. It is especially explosive because she is a foreigner, at a time when China is particularly sensitive about how it is understood and treated by the world.

"A lot of people said, 'Oh, is it because Kim is an American and so she's too strong-willed, or her personality is too strong?'... Some others have asked whether she is making a big fuss over a small issue," says Feng Yuan, founder and chair of the Anti-Domestic Violence Network in Beijing. "This shows that in terms of the public perception of domestic violence, we still have a long way to go."

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Ex T (131)
Sunday April 22, 2012, 1:45 pm
Noted, Thanks Maui!

Cam V (417)
Sunday April 22, 2012, 2:03 pm
Wow! This American woman is a hero Maui!

karin h (22)
Sunday April 22, 2012, 2:06 pm
thanks for posting. any woman strong enough to leave their abusive husband needs to be praised! and to do so in a foreign country WOW!

karin h (22)
Sunday April 22, 2012, 2:07 pm
and kudos to the girl for most likely saving her mother's life.

Elaine Al Meqdad (283)
Sunday April 22, 2012, 2:27 pm
Noted! And thank you so much my friend as you have always been an awesome advocate for the ending of physical abuse of women and children!

Maui G (68)
Sunday April 22, 2012, 2:30 pm
When you have no laws protecting women against domestic violence in other countries scares the hell out of me. These women believe that what goes on in their family is a private issue and not one to be made public and to be kept silent. Kim is a hero here for speaking out and getting her and her daughter safe. I pray this is a wake up call for more women to come forward and seek help and safety while they flee from domestic violence.

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Sunday April 22, 2012, 3:53 pm
What an awesome article Maui!! I sure do hope this is the beginning of a movement in China that opens the eyes of many women there to start a crusade against the violence of women in that country! This is an epidemic world wide and it's time men start being held accountable for their actions of insecurity!! This is a tragedy worldwide!!
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