Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but is something we should always remain aware of since it sometimes gets swept under the rug due to shame or guilt. Since I am the type who can get a better grasp of things I am unfamiliar with through film or books, I will once again be referring to one of my favorites: Beyond The Farthest Star. Those who have read the novel [by Bodie and Brock Thoene, based on the screenplay by Andrew Librizzi] already know the compelling characters: Jackson Tucker, the abusive father, is a heavy hitter--- of the bottle...but also his words and hands. His troubled teenaged son, Kyle, distrusts others...and the feeling is mutual by many acquainted with him.
Actor Jodie Moore who portrays Jackson in the film, said of his character: " A tenacious hard man: heartbroken, old school, and ornery come to mind. A heavy-handed disciplinarian who drinks a bit too much, with a talented adolescent son who is much like his father: Confrontational, confused and just trying to work things out the best way they can."
Kyle (Shawn Roe) has only known anger from his father, and feels threatened when his best friend Stephen develops an interest in Anne Wells. Since he has been raised by a bully, he only knows how to strike out in anger; This is why we often see a pattern of abusive behavior continue from generation to generation. Kyle's rage and reaction over his perceived rejection from the one person he felt he could trust leads to a powerful climax in the story, and clearly demonstrates the effects of one who has been raised in an atmosphere of violence.
Tyler Corie (Stephen) discusses Shawn as "Kyle" with actor/producer Benjamin Dane.
Domestic Violence can be criminal and includes physical assault (hitting, pushing, shoving, etc.), sexual abuse (unwanted or forced sexual activity), and stalking. Although emotional, psychological and financial abuse are not criminal behaviors, they ARE forms of abuse and can lead to criminal violence. If YOU are being abused or the one who is the abuser, I pray you find the courage to escape and start the journey to break this cycle in your family.
If you are in immediate danger, CALL 911
If you are being abused, please contact the hotline!!
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
If you are an abuser, please seek help!! There are resources available, including one called AVACA. Please either click on their website for info, or call them at 1-800-918-7990.
DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own. They do not represent or have the consent and/or knowledge of Pathlight Entertainment, Beyond The Farthest Star, or anyone connected with either. Photos, videos, and use of the storyline were gathered from what is available online and not by the permission of any involved.