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Chris Lopez Responds to Kailyn Lowry Abuse Allegations

Even though he's never appeared on the show, Chris Lopez is not a particularly beloved figure among Teen Mom 2 fans.

Lopez briefly dated Kailyn Lowry last year, and he's the father of her youngest son, Lux.

Unfortunately, Chris has made it abundantly clear that he wants nothing to do with either Kail or the show that made her famous.

By most accounts, Lopez is something of a jerk, but until recently we thought he was simply a bad boyfriend who became a deadbeat dad.

Now, Briana DeJesus has leveled a much more serious allegation at Lopez, and some fans might not be satisfied by his response …

1. Instagram Dad

Chris lopez with baby lux
Chris and Kal have had a contentious relationship since well before Lux was born. These days, he posts lots of pics of himself and his son, but Kail says it’s all for show and accuses him of being an “Instagram dad.”

2. Back and Forth

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She says he’s barely a part of Lux’s life at all, and he usually responds with pettiness like this. Yes, that’s a photo of Chris burning a copy of Kail’s memoir.

3. Lux Life

Kailyn lowry and baby lux at the beach
Needless to say, the former couple has failed to form the amicable co-parenting relationship that Kail had hoped for. And now it looks as though the situation might be far worse than we initially thought …

4. Always a Source of Drama

Briana is psyched
The latest uproar surrounding Lopez is the result of a bizarre comment that Kail’s longtime rival, Briana DeJesus, made on Instagram.

5. Not Holding Back

Briana drama
When a fan accused Briana of trash-talking Kail in front of her kids, DeJesus replied, “I wasn’t talking s–t and shut the f–k up cause she gets beat the f–k up by Chris in front of her kids, goodbye.”

6. Chris Responds

Chris lopez and lux
Needless to say, Chris was not happy with the accusation leveled by Briana, and he wasted no time in responding.

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Kelis Accuses Ex-Husband Nas of Abuse: I Had Bruises All Over My Body

It has been nine years since singer Kelis filed for divorce from hip hop artist Nas after five years of marriage.

Now, Kelis is finally opening up — and revealing allegations that Nas abused her when they were together. It's heartbreaking.

You can listen to this shocking interview below.

First, Kelis discusses a much more comfortable subject, and blames their breakup on Nas cheating on her.

"That was the straw that broke the camel’s back."

But she says that it was just part of the equation.

"I didn’t file for divorce because he cheated."

And that it was something of which she was aware for a long time.

"He had been cheating for two years, and I knew that."

This is when she first hints more directly at the abuse allegations.

"It was because, on top of all the other stuff, and then you’re gonna cheat? It was too much."

The interviewer then asks if Kelis' vague references are to Nas possibly having hit her during their marriage.

"I’ve waited nine years to say anything. I’ve never talked about this man. Ever … Did he hit me? Mmhmm. Did I hit him back? Mmhmm."

While many abusive relationships are one way, some do fight back. Kelis makes it clear that she only ever fought back, and never initiated the alleged violence.

"I’m not afraid to throw a punch, but I wouldn’t have started it. I’ll participate in ending it, but I wouldn’t have started it."

This is an upsetting subject, and one can certainly understand why it took her nine years to speak of it.

But now that she's opened that door, she has more to say.

Apparently, it was photos of Rihanna's bruised and battered face from 2009 that really resonated her during the tail end of her marriage to Nas.

"I remember so clearly, when the pictures came out with that whole thing that happened with her and Chris Brown, and the only way I can describe it was like Double Dutch."

She was wondering if it was her time to come forward and speak to the public about her husband.

"‘Do I jump in? Do I say it?’ Cause I had bruises all over my body at that time."

That is heartbreaking.

"I remember being in Atlanta, sitting in the kitchen, and I was like, ‘Do I?’"

But, like countless people who are enduring abuse from their partners, she was too afraid to take that step.

"And I wasn’t ready to walk. I just wasn’t. And so I didn’t say it."

Kelis speaks more about Rihanna.

"Seeing her, the way she looked, and then looking at myself, I was embarrassed."

And she says that Nas wondered if she was going to come forward.

"He knew it. He looked at me like, ‘Are you gonna do it?’"

Though Kelis says that the abuse was one factor among many and that the cheating was the last straw … the timing looks interesting.

Kelis filed for divorce in April of 2009.

That was just two months after those horrifying photos of Rihanna surfaced.

It sounds clear that Rihanna's story and the parallels to the nightmare that Kelis was living were weighing on her mind.

Kelis describes Nas' temperament.

"He was angry, and he was dark, and he’s always been that way."

She has reason to believe that.

Carmen Bryan, the mother of Nas' first child, wrote in her 2007 memoir, titled It's No Secret, that Nas had been physically abusive towards her.

There are some men who only become abusive at certain stages in their lives — when their career suddenly goes wrong, or when they develop a new substance abuse problem.

But in most cases, abusers have a history of different victims.

It sounds like Nas falls into that category.

It will be interesting to hear how Nas chooses to respond to these newly revealed allegations.

Kelis has apparently taken steps to be overly kind to Nas since their divorce. She even mentions in the interview that she's invited him over for Thanksgiving.

Some would say that her empathy is misplaced and would be better spent on someone who deserves it.

But it's Kelis' life and her story. Her response to her personal trauma is her own.

Listen to her interview here:

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Joy-Anna Duggar & Austin Forsyth Head to Therapy Amidst Abuse Claims

It’s only been less than a year since Joy-Anna Duggar married Austin Forsyth, but it seems the newlyweds are already experiencing some rough patches.

Earlier this week, for example, accusations that Austin had abused Joy made their way across social media.

Now, the Forsyths are reportedly addressing their issues head-on with a trip to a marriage counseling retreat.

Of course, the Duggars don’t believe in traditional forms of therapy, so Joy and Austin’s options are limited.

Any help that they seek must be rooted in their religious beliefs, and they’re obligated to keep it all in the family for secrecy’s sake.

As a result, the young couple is pushing conflict of interest concerns to the side and seeking help at a retreat hosted by Austin’s parents.

”Getting some work done at camp. We have the Spring Marriage Retreat coming up on April 20-22, come hear Austin and I share our testimony,” an ad on the Forsyth’s website reads.

The retreat promises “powerful truths from scripture encouraging couples to strive for a marriage the way God designed it to be….Coupled with team building activities, and humorous games, these 2 night, 3 day events are perfect for rekindling, reviving and renewing any love story!”

It sounds like pretty lighthearted stuff … and perhaps that’s the problem.

Joy and Austin aren’t looking to rekindle the flame ahead of their silver anniversary.

These are two very young people who didn’t get to spend any time alone together until their honeymoon, and who welcomed their first child almost exactly nine months after tying the knot.

Now the difference in their personalities is abundantly clear to fans, and it’s reached the point where Austin’s constant annoyance with Joy’s childlike personality has allegedly pushed him into verbal abuse territory.

Unfortunately, they live in a world where even if they decided they’re both miserable and horribly ill-suited for one another, divorce is simply not an option.

Joy and Austin don’t need trust falls and couples archery; they need real treatment for a licensed therapist.

Unfortunately, that sort of thing simply doesn’t fly in Duggar Land.

Watch Counting On online for more from reality TV’s most controversial family.

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Duggar Family Shame: Church Members Share Shocking Tales of Abuse

Anyone who’s regularly watched the family’s reality shows knows that the Duggars are a deeply religious lot.

But even the most diehard Duggar fans may not know the details of the belief system that Jim Bob and Michelle have imparted to their children.

The Duggars are Independent Baptists, but they’re also members of the Institute in Basic Life Principles and the Advanced Training Institute, both founded by controversial pastor and former personal guru of the Duggars, Bill Gothard.

Back in 2015, the Josh Duggar sex scandal shined some light on the institute’s teachings and more scandalous practices.

Not only did the organization assist Josh and his parents in evading prosecution, it also justified his misconduct with homeschooling curriculum that places the blame for sexual assault squarely on the victim.

Prior to Gothard resigning in disgrace after being accused of sexual misconduct by more than 50 former employees, he presided over the organization for decades, and – according to many former members – was directly or indirectly involved in countless acts of systemized sexual assault.

Recent revelations about the Duggars and the rise of the #MeToo movement have emboldened several alleged victims to come forward with shocking accounts of the abuse they suffered under Gothard’s watchful eye.

As reported by In Touch Weekly, an anonymous Reddit used was recently at the center of one of the sites “ask me anything” or AMA sessions.

And what she had to say about her time as a member of the IBLP-ATI is likely to shock even the most strident Duggar defenders.

“I was part of a fundamentalist Christian cult known as ATI/IBLP,” the user began.

“Recent scandals have hit the news about the cult leader Bill Gothard when over 50 women came forward with allegations that he sexually harassed them. But that’s only scratching the surface.”

“Let me tell you my scariest experience — and just keep in mind, I’m far from the only one,” she continued.

“First off, throughout my childhood, my father and sisters abused me sexually. Since the cult taught a strict familial hierarchy, with the father being top dog, then mother, then children in order of birth, as the youngest I was bottom of the totem pole.

“My father would twist Bible verses to justify rape, death threats, and more. Because ATI is a homeschool cult, it was really handy to cover up the abuse from any prying eyes.

“My home was a prison for 11 years until he died of a massive heart attack. And that’s not even the scariest experience.”

The user went on to explain how the abuse worsened as a result of her mother’s continued involvement with the IBLP.

“Fast forward two years. I’m 13, with a mother who’s frantically fixated on me being a ‘troubled child’ because 1. I dared resist my father’s advances and argue against the abuse I was suffering, gaining me the reputation of ‘rebellious,’ 2. I’m severely depressed because I’m a freaking rape victim and depression is considered sin, and 3. I asked too many questions as to WHY we believed the things we believed —you don’t ask questions, needless to say.”

She then describes being shipped off to Oklahoma without warning and enrolled in the IBLP’s “Log Cabin” program, which is designed to “retrain” resistant adolescents.

“All I know is I’m about to move to Oklahoma for a while to be fixed by ‘nice counselors’ because I’m a dirty sinner,” she writes.

“For the next two years, I am tortured, brainwashed, starved, sleep-deprived, threatened with a shotgun, punished, humiliated, interrogated, and terrorized.

“I lose 40 pounds in the first month or two. They take me off my medications (believing it is wrong to take them) cold turkey; I exhibit severe symptoms of withdrawal and they go ignored.

“I am worked grueling hours, sent on aimless hikes and marches, scrubbing floors on my hands and knees until my knuckles are cracked and bleeding from the bleach, punished with hard labor until I’m near fainting,” she adds.

“They had fun coming up with new and strange ‘punishments.’”

Through it all, the victim says, she was so brainwashed she didn’t fully realize that those who imprisoned her were engaging in the most egregious forms of abuse.

It wasn’t until years later that she began to become aware that something was deeply wrong with the religion she had been raised in.

“There really wasn’t one concrete ‘oh s–t’ moment,” she explains.

“But the first time I remember thinking ‘this is BS’ was how often people would be ‘sentenced’ to hell for the most trivial reasons. Everything from an impure thought to cursing to sleeping in late.”

Amazingly, despite the high-profile nature of their lives and the zeal with which they discuss their beliefs, the Duggars have managed to avoid commenting on their continued involvement with the IBLP-ATI.

That may prove increasingly difficult as time goes on.

Or the family’s legion of devoted fans may prove willing to continue turning a blind eye to the rampant abuse within the organization.

Watch Counting On online for a closer look at reality TV’s most controversial family.

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