Lorena Bobbitt hopes that her upcoming new documentary, produced by Jordan Peele, “Lorena” — premiering on the Sundance Movie Pageant — will make clear not solely her story, but in addition on these of different victims of home violence and sexual assault.
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You in all probability know the story by now: In June 23, 1993, Lorena minimize off husband John Wayne Bobbitt’s penis and fled their Manassas, Virginia, condo with it, discarding it in a area.
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The case turned a media sensation and a late night time joke author’s dream; Lorena was acquitted of malicious wounding “by motive of non permanent madness,” reportedly spawned by abuse she suffered at John’s palms. John denied all abuse allegations.
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Now, Lorena is shifting on from sufferer and punchline to advocate.
She takes specific exception to Howard Stern, who paid for her ex-husband’s penis enlargement surgical procedure and had John as an everyday visitor on the present — however she’s not holding her breath ready for an apology from the King of All Media.
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“The best way how I have a look at it, if I used to be ready for everybody to present me an apology, then that will have prevented me from shifting on with my life,” Lorena, 48, informed Selection. “And I’m not going to sit down round for everybody to present me an apology. I believe that Howard and lots of others missed great alternatives to speak about these severe social points.”
She added, “I used to be very saddened in the best way how the media was treating the entire state of affairs. They used me as a joke and it was very unhappy. It was very hurtful to me that individuals truly check out and never see the fact of what occurred right here. I didn’t know learn how to deal with it at the moment.”
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“As an alternative of getting a severe dialog about home violence and sexual assault, it was about John’s organ,” she fumed. “The entire essence of the entire state of affairs is indignant.”
Lorena has grow to be a considerably unlikely face of the #MeToo motion within the anniversary of the notorious trial, and whereas she typically leads a quiet life, she needs to make use of the resurfaced highlight for good.
“The #MeToo motion has helped lots construct consciousness and diminished the stigma for victims,” she stated, “and I applaud the efforts that this motion has dropped at deliver consideration of sexual harassment and victims of sexual abuse.”
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She continued, “We’re taking a look at sexual assault and home violence in a special lens. My story is a narrative of each sufferer. It’s many tales of men and women who’re being victimized by home violence and sexually assault. So, we now have this documentary to see and to make folks perceive how a lot trauma a sufferer goes by. It reveals the seriousness of the state of affairs. It reveals how victims are traumatized and psychologically impaired to even depart their abusers.”