By David Kelly, Special to The Times
Reporting from Cleveland— Inside a stuffy Cleveland classroom, Tim Boehnlein explained the mechanics of domestic violence and then posed a question.
“So why do women stay?” he asked his class of would-be counselors.
Ignorance, low self-esteem, lack of education, they speculated. No one really knew.
Except maybe the silent woman in back — the one fidgeting and looking at the floor.
It’s taken more than a decade for Laura Cowan to come up with an answer to the seemingly simple question of why women stay: “They are just trying to survive.”
Cowan, now 53, survived one of the most notorious abuse cases in recent California history. Her encounter with the twisted logic…
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