I Am Domestic Violence provoked solemn reflection Wambui Bahati's challenging one woman show electrifies Posted by Kyle Walsh on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 2:30 PM
"I am domestic violence!" Wambui Bahati shouted from the crowd, surprising the audience. I, too, was surprised—though for a different reason. I'm not usually a fan of solo theatre performances, and given the subject matter, I came into the Spatz Theatre somewhat skeptical of how the show would go. Domestic violence is a subject that could be difficult to cover solo; but Bahati has clearly perfected her one woman show. Her transition between characters was seamless, even in the middle of stories of utter tragedy, she would slide into a character that would both make the audience roar with laughter and brim with emotion . . .
Domestic Violence Speaker / Domestic Violence Show?
"It Seems Incredible That You Can Bring About
Domestic Violence Awareness
And Be Enlightened
And Be Entertained Too"
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Here is what I have to say:
In 1999, I attended an event at the YWCA in High Point, NC. I had no idea that I was witnessing the first of what would become a national phenomenon! Wambui Bahati presented, “I Am Domestic Violence”. It was as inspiring, life-changing, thought-provoking, and relevant then as it is now.
Wambui Bahati has empowered men and women alike! She has given people permission to tell their own stories and seek help when needed thereby healing wounds and saving lives.
Counseling services at our college experienced an increase in student appointments as a result of having seen Ms. Bahati’s performance which is powerful!
It was such a pleasure to be able to share this edu-performance with our college and community! Some of the feedback from our audience members:
“More people need to witness this awesome performance!”
“Miss Bahati really invested her acting chops & opened
herself so that we can understand.”
“The stories of change encourage me.”
“Very interesting. This production was very informative.
Please keep this fantastic play going and hopefully with God’s help we end
I highly recommend Wambui Bahati and look forward to working with her again!
Director, Student Activities
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Wambui, the Domestic Violence Speaker says:
Unfortunately, domestic violence is very much alive and well -- and thriving. According to the National Victims Center, one woman is raped every minute, and 30% of all women murdered in this country are murdered by their boyfriends or husbands.
Domestic violence is a particularly grim topic and a vicious crime, because it involves pain and suffering (even loss of life) inflicted by a friend, someone who claims to care, or a so-called loved one.
Many people ask, "Why don't the victims just leave? Why do they stay?"
Usually by the time the physical abuse starts in a relationship, the emotional and psychological abuse has already destroyed all the dignity and self-esteem of the victim.
Victims feel ashamed and are embarrassed to tell others about their situations. They are fearful of leaving because of threats from their abusers and financial dependence.
In many instances, victims are manipulated to believe they deserve this treatment and it is somehow their fault. Abusers know exactly what to say and do to keep the abused in emotional captivity.
Victims view leaving as being more painful than staying, because of the imagined and real repercussions either from the perpetrator or from society at large.
Many people in the world still don't understand domestic violence. Therefore, they victimize the victim further by blaming the victim or making comments like: "You should have just left." "I would never be so stupid as to stay in an abusive relationship." "That would never happen to me."
People make jokes in our society about men "getting over" or using women -- men who are " Players." Even today, there are still groups of people who have the mindset that women are not equal to men and are just sexual objects.
Domestic violence is about control -- being mentally controlled by a significant other. That is the reason why, after leaving an abusive relationship, a victim will go back to her abuser an average of four times before she decides she has the mental strength to leave for good.
I believe the remedy for domestic violence lies in building a society in which we honor ourselves. When we honor ourselves, it is difficult to dishonor someone else or to be dishonored. Yeah, easier said than done.
We can start with our children and try to stop domestic violence by educating the new generations. [Read entire article here.]
Wambui Performs "I Am Domestic Violence" - Photo courtesy of Marc Golub Photography