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Current Conditions: How I became a huge Sir Patrick Stewart fan

As someone who knows Sir Patrick Stewart more for his Shakespearean depictions than as Captain Jean-Luc Picard, I initially didn’t pay too much attention to the buzz around him on the Web Friday.

Then friend, after friend, after friend posted the video.

“YOU HAVE TO WATCH THIS,” one messaged me on Facebook.

All caps? This must be serious, I thought.

The video clip shows Stewart answering a question from an audience member where he describes his work with domestic violence organizations as what he’s most proud of outside of his acting. He then describes watching his mother suffer from domestic violence at the hands of his father, whom, in retrospect, he realized was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Finally, he shares a hug and an intimate moment with the woman who asked the question, a survivor of abuse herself.

I am now a huge Sir Patrick Stewart Fan (maybe I’ll even watch Star Trek) because his response was something I needed to see and hear.

Yesterday, I watched as a Hutchinson man entered a plea of no contest to an aggravated battery charge. The attack, said Reno County Senior Assistant District Attorney Stephen Maxwell, left the woman partially paralyzed. Children were present at the time of the attack.

In the past three days, Hutchinson Police have responded to at least five domestic violence reports.

Of course, most women who’ve experienced domestic violence will never report any abuse.

Stewart’s video was obviously powerful. As universal a subject as domestic violence is, it’s always important to remember how close it is, as well.

-Kayla Regan, Current Conditions


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