Michael Egleton’s new hit single, “It’s Over,” was released at a propitious time, although the subject matter is very difficult to discuss. The song focuses on domestic abuse at a time when the rates of this “silent epidemic” are skyrocketing. Even celebrities are not immune, as evidenced by the recent media focus on domestic abuse violence arrests among NFL players.
Many are surprised to learn that domestic abuse rates among NFL players mirror the rates in the general population, as seen at http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/the-rate-of-domestic-violence-arrests-among-nfl-players/ . The public tends to think of celebrities such as sports stars as being larger than life, including their resistance to crimes such as DUIs and domestic abuse. However, recent cases have shown that the terrifying trend of domestic abuse extends well beyond the homes of the poor and into some of the richest and most famous people in the country.
Michael Egleton has good reason to understand this trend. Coming from a family in which domestic violence played a role, Egleton determined early in his life to speak out about this problem. His new song, “It’s Over,” speaks to how difficult it can be to let go in such a relationship.
Women and men can both be victims of domestic abuse, but women are by far the more vulnerable to physical abuse. While there are no reliable statistics on how many women are abused each day, the number of reported crimes seems to increase during difficult economic times, possibly due to greater stress in the home over money. Drugs and alcohol also play a large role in domestic violence. Women are more likely to be killed by a partner than through any other form of violence, making a husband or boyfriend the most dangerous person to many women.
While domestic violence is a common problem, many women are unable or unwilling to leave these relationships. They find that it is very difficult to manage financially on their own, particularly if there are children, but many women also feel a sense of guilt for having stayed in the relationship or may feel that they somehow deserve this abuse.
Michael Egleton hopes to encourage women who are suffering in these types of relationships to take the step of leaving by inspiring them with his music. When women hear the words of “It’s Over,” he hopes that they will understand that there are options beyond staying in an abuse situation.
To hear the song, visit www.MichaelEgleton.com
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