Yesterday afternoon (Thursday, 28 Jul), Ashland witnessed a senseless act of violence that also could have been horribly tragic.
At about 4:30 PM EST, an explosion occurred in the parking garage at 12th Street and Bath Avenue, billowing smoke from the garage and rocking the Skytower Center across the street.
As workers from the Center began entering the garage at shift's end, they noticed a woman who was shocked, blackened and blistered. As one worker reported, "her hair looked like it was fried ..."
The woman's car -- a convertible -- was blown up as she was attempting to start it. For hours after the incident, Ashland police cordoned off the area and quarantined all other cars in the garage. None were allowed to leave.
THE NEXT DAY ...
This afternoon, I learned that the cause of the explosion was a pipe bomb, rigged by -- well, all I was told is that it was a "domestic case."
Whilst no one's going into detail yet, I think we all know what those words mean: Most likely, an ex-husband/boyfriend/lover or whatever decided to get revenge for the lady leaving him or whatever.
Look ... "domestic violence" has gotten way out of hand -- due, in part, to spouses (mostly men, but there are occasionally women who cause it!) who don't have the courage to control their anger but believe they can control others. It's not helped any, quite frankly, by the perp believing that his partner is his "property" (now, how stupid is that?? But there are those from every segment of society who believe it.)
Another part of the problem, though, are the courts who, sometimes, tie the hands of those who try to protect themselves -- and let the perps go with a virtual slap-on-the-wrist. Believe me, if you let them go, they WILL do it again and again! Because abuse -- especially violent abuse -- is "power" to them!
Sadly, lawyers will plead for these perps, calling them "poor, misunderstood and with a bad childhood"; psychiatrists and counselors say their outbursts are caused by a new psychobabble called "intermittent explosive disorder"; court dockets and jails are too full ... so they let the offenders off with little (if any) punishment.
But the victim will probably be hurt even worse (if not killed!) due to the courts' refusal to stand up for them!
Two points to make here: If I were a betting man, I'd bet the farm that the perp who did this has been in trouble for DV before (see the last paragraph, starting with "court dockets and jails are too full ...). Fortunately, the victim had only (relatively) minor injuries. Remember: it was a convertible. Had it been a hard-top, chances are she would have been killed or severely injured (see the last paragraph, starting with the bold-typed "But the victim will ...")
We desperately need to change the laws to protect the abused! The abusers, if found guilty in a court of law, should be given the harshest sentences allowed for the crimes they commit (in this case, attempted murder!).
There should be a domestic violence registry just as there is a sex offender registry ... and the perps on it should be treated with the same, pariah-like scorn as those who molest our children!
For those who have abusive spouses, the word is simple: When you finally leave this person, DON'T LOOK BACK ... DON'T GO BACK! Abusers are cyclic creatures ... they won't change ...
Let's hope this woman heals perfectly ... and builds a new life without worrying about the numbskull that caused this horrible and senseless crime! And let's hope the courts get enough intestinal fortitude to assure he's no longer seen by society for a long, long time to come ...
More coming up shortly ...