Women’s Group Women Asks to Take Web Survey

to Help Distinguish Between Bad Behavior and Abuse

An Ontario women’s group is using the soon to be released sadomasochistic thriller, 50 Shades of Gray as a backdrop to help women in the country between bad behavior and abuse in their own lives.

But questions about whether or not the issue is one of the main characters is a safe, serious and consensual

Ruthann Brown, Executive Director of Women’s Place of South Niagara and Chair of the Infrastructure and Marketing Sub-Committee for the Coalition to End Violence against Women (CEVAW) CEVAW is an organization dedicated to ending violence against women popular, fictional Hollywood movie would be a mistake.

“My friends and colleagues,” said Brown, “I’m talking to you about mental health, psychiatry and personality disorders.” choices made between consensual adults. ”

Brown believes that they are likely to be alienated and marginalized by the women they are trying to reach out by taking ‘at the obvious’ in the film adaptation of the fastest selling book of all time.

“We are focusing on the film as an important opportunity to discuss more serious” greys “that concern our group,” said Brown. “Particularly those areas in which is bad (and unhealthy) behavior,” she added.

“Most of us know the absolutes in relationships (ie the black and whites); These are the things that we do not want to do, and we do not want them to be abused. ”

However, according to Brown, a second absolute element of abuse can be more problematic to identify, which is Emotional abuse involves controlling the behavior and misusing the bonds of intimacy, trust and / or dependency to make one vulnerable. This is abusive but not as obvious as sexual and sexual abuse to identify.

“Said this is so hard to identify as abuse,” said Brown. “And there is a lot of things to be done about it,” said Brown. and probably unhealthy) in a relationship and what is abuse, “she added.

“We have put together a series of questions in the form of an understanding of the subject. We provide information on some areas of abuse. verbal, digital, social, emotional, psychological, and financial “she continued.

“Obviously in some of these areas is a difference between a poorly acting partner and being abusive outright. These are the ‘greys’ and the whole point of the survey, “she added.

Brown encourages women to consider both one-time and recurring behaviors and explores context and severity. It also encourages women to access the resources and tools available to them in the context of abuse.

The survey is available at www.50shadesofabuse.ca

February 19, 2015