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If you’ve not been on twitter, you’ve been missing a really important hashtag! Worldwide trending #WhyIStayed & #WhyILeft is allowing people to share their personal stories of why they stayed in & ended abusive relationships to dispel the alarmingly popular response to the tune of “they deserved it because they stayed” to media covered domestic violence cases. We often only learn about abuse in the world from television, movies, the news, and cautionary quips from our parents, which leaves those who never experience this abuse first hand with a vague and almost theatrical impression of what an abusive relationship looks like. It’s almost impossible for some people to imagine a situation where someone who stayed in an abusive relationship didn’t secretly enjoy the abuse or didn’t provoke it, and believe that either of those things would actually justify abuse (it doesn’t, if that wasn’t clear). This need to justify/defend abuse because people have such a deep misunderstanding of it it is why these hashtags are so important. I was afraid to share my experiences, as not many people in my personal life even know that this is why my relationship with this person ended, and why I’d ended up alienated from everyone throughout it, but being able to validate people who lived something similar to my experiences is worth it. The overwhelming support and response from people who could and couldn’t relate personally is moving after a year of people telling me I just needed to see it from his side and help him, and never talking about it even afterwards because of that. Super excited about these conversations and I truly hope to see a big change in how we respond as a society to cases where someone stayed with their abuser through multiple accounts of abuse.
Indierevolver.com shared the images online for the first time on Thursday. The first image is clearly for modernized version of a stock-issue Stormtrooper helmet. Consensus seems to be that the second image is an updated Snowtrooper helmet.
The helmet designs jive with the information that website Making Star Wars shared on June 17. They also mesh conceptually with what J.J. Abrams did with with the U.S.S. Enterprise in his Star Trek reboot. The new designs are modernized and slick, and their identities are unmistakable.
Between these images and the picture of Mark Hamill rocking the Jedi beard, this has been a damned good week for Star Wars fans.
This is the best gif you’ll ever see