Patrick Stewart on combatting domestic violence.

The article above includes a video of an answer to a question posed to Sir Patrick Stewart at a Star Trek meeting in Texas.
These meetings are usually lots of low level discussion about how it was to appear in the series, how he developed the Captain Picard character etc.,
But in the midst of the usual questions came an unusual one from a fan who had a background of domestic abuse. Stewart answers bravely and honestly drawing from his own experience of his mother’s abuse from his father.
He talks about his powerlessness to protect her from the beatings and his recent discovery of the fact that his father was suffering from what we would now call Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
He does not defend his father’s actions though but seeks to understand them. As  he says in the video the answer lies with men and no man ever has the right to abuse a woman.
I was particularly moved by his hug with the young lady at the end.


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