Empowering women to speak out

Oct 24, 2019

Patrisha McLean deserves a lot of credit for her traveling exhibit, "Finding Our Voices," which speaks out on the issue of domestic abuse.

The exhibit has drawn attention to the issue of domestic violence, something that has been Maine's dirty little secret for too long.

Ellen Barry of the New York Times wrote a story about McLean Oct. 20, entitled, "In Maine, a Celebrity Domestic Violence Case Continues to Send Out Ripples," with a subheading stating: "Patrisha McLean, who accused her singer-songwriter husband, Don McLean, of domestic abuse, is organizing Maine women to tell their own stories. And he is protesting."

In the story, Barry notes the importance of the issue, pointing out that domestic abuse accounts for about half of all murders and assaults in Maine.

Women are finally speaking out about this issue and the light of public knowledge will help combat domestic abuse. This takes tremendous courage on the part of the women who speak out. They face potential retaliation from ex-husbands and boyfriends, who want to remain protected and anonymous.

McLean rightly points out that she's not the only one who has stood up as part of this exhibit; 19 other women have spoken out including people from the Midcoast.

In addition, local newspapers and organizations hosting the events have stood up to pressure from Don McLean to silence these events.

"Mr. McLean has repeatedly tried to block publicity about the project, threatening a series of local newspapers with lawsuits for giving it coverage," Barry's story notes. "So far, these efforts have not worked: Bill Nemitz, a columnist for The Portland Press-Herald, described Mr. McLean’s protests as the exhibit’s 'most powerful promotional tool.'” The story goes on to say that the Holocaust and Human Rights Center in Augusta held the event despite a letter from McLean’s public relations firm warning against it.

We live in a moment when truth is talking back to power. Moments like this do not come easily. They require bravery, and we commend our Camden neighbor, Patrisha McLean and all of the other people who have been a part of this project for that.

Maine Seniors magazine devotes November edition to veterans

Maine Seniors magazine announced it will devote its November edition to Maine's veterans.

In a special presentation, the magazine will include profiles and photos of every member of the armed forces from the Pine Tree State who has died while on duty, going back to 1964 and the Vietnam War.

The magazine will also feature in-depth interviews with veterans in Maine talking about their experiences in the service, their pride in that contribution, and their lifestyles today.

The magazine will feature several Midcoast residents, and this edition is sure to be a collector's edition.

Maine Senior magazine recently changed hands and this will be the third monthly edition published by Courier Publications. The magazine focuses on entertainment, lifestyle, recipes, humor and nostalgia for those over 50, and showcases some of the amazingly talented, fascinating seniors who call Maine home.

For more information about Maine Seniors magazine, call 299-5358.

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