Kim Lee put a face on the otherwise anonymous stories of domestic violence in China, when she posted photos of her bruises online. They reveal what she said were chronic beatings by her then-husband, the celebrity English teacher Li Yang.
Her story went viral in a matter of hours.
“I had no idea that overnight it would be ten and twenty thousand people and I also had no idea that it was so endemic here, I thought it was really my personal problem and not something so widely spread,” she said.
China's official women protection agency estimates that one quarter of women are abused by their spouses, but the actual figure is likely to be higher. Many episodes likely go unreported because authorities seldom take action.
"The unifying theme that gave me strength to carry on this long journey was no one does anything, no one helps us, I've been to the police they don't care, I went to the women's federation they did not call back," Lee said. "I tried to talk to my mother and mum said what are you going to do, he owns the house he owns the car, just this sense of helplessness in the face of this problem.”
Lee won her divorce case on the grounds of domestic violence, a result that legal workers hailed as a landmark decision.
1.domestic violence 家庭暴力
There has never been an episode of domestic violence in our marriage. Ever.
2.subject to 使服从；使遭受；受…管制
Have they been subjected to the war?
All citizens in this nation are subject to the law.
3.anonymous adj. 匿名的，无名的；无个性特征的
An anonymous benefactor stepped in to provide the prize money.
4.chronic adj. 慢性的；长期的；习惯性的
Most of them were chronically ill.
5.go viral 像病毒般扩散
Small businesses can also create a cause campaign that will go viral, but it doesn’t just happen overnight.
6.episode n. 插曲；一段情节；插话；有趣的事件
This episode remains sharply engraved on my mind.
7.hail as 称赞…为…
Vice Presidents are always hailed as partners of the President.
This was hailed as a notable victory for peace.