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|duckie||Jan 25 2010, 12:19 PM|
I have worked in the legal system for years, and for years I have seen women drop the charges against their abusers because they're afraid the abuser won't be convicted and things will be worse for them after the man gets out. Or they drop the charges because they mistakenly think the abuse comes from a place of love, or because they think they don't deserve any better because they've been abused since childhood, or because they think the abuser can change. Abuse of any kind is way more complicated than just condemning the abused party as being weak.
In the answers to her questions, though, CC makes it clear that she didn't stay because she loved Lawrence, or because she thought he could change, or that she thought he abused her because he loved her. She stayed to protect her child. The flashbacks we've seen have also made that clear. Lawrence took the child and gave her away. He threatened to harm the child if Carly ever left, so she stayed to protect the child. When Carly was first reintroduced, she had just found out that despite all the years she had stayed with him and kept up her end of the bargain, Lawrence had ordered that the child be killed anyway. There was a flashback for that, too. That's what launched this storyline.
Long-term abuse like that has lasting effects. I've seen it in my work and in my personal experience. Unfortunately, soaps don't generally deal with it in any sort of realistic way. Hope came back from the dead with no real effects (other than amnesia). The years of her kidnapping didn't really leave her traumatized. The same thing with Marlena, etc. This is the first time on Days (to my knowledge) that we've seen an attempt to deal with the effects of long-term trauma on a woman. We've seen attempts to deal with memory loss, but not what I would consider PTSD due to extreme long-term abuse.
If you watch Carly, she actually appears quite competent and capable in her job and in her dealings with everyone, except Vivian and Melanie. That's very normal for someone in her position. Vivian is the one her buried her alive and is going to be a tremendous trigger for her. Melanie is also going to be a trigger because she's the daughter she can't identify herself to. So she's not weak; she's just not as strong as she can ultimately be once she deals with her abuse.
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