Ecuadorian Lorena Bobbitt: ‘Running away from abuse is not an event, it is a process’

More than 25 years after her story shocked the world, Ecuadorian Lorena Gallo, better known as Lorena Bobbitt, made the decision to share her experience of abuse and her radical desire to help more women with it. the film ‘I was Lorena Bobbitt’, in which she tells about her improvement process.

“Running away from abuse is not an event, but a process,” the activist said at a press conference about the criticism most victims of domestic and sexual violence face when asked about the reasons why they cannot get out of a situation of abuse. .

With that in mind, Gallo decided to tell her story with her own voice by producing and telling the film ‘I Was Lorena Bobbitt’, which will hit screens for life on November 25 as part of the International Day for elimination of violence against women. Women.

In this episode, a tribute is paid to the victims and survivors of gender-based violence.

Gallo felt it was necessary to continue telling these stories and to have this connection with many victims and survivors.

“To me that means this domestic violence situation is real, it’s what’s happening in the United States, around the world and in Latin America, we’ve come to terms with the abuse,” Gallo said.

Lorena Gallo was abused by her then-husband, former US Marine John Bobbitt.

Rape, physical and psychological abuse, among others, were what Gallo had to endure for four years until one day she decided to end the abuse and, in an impulsive act, cut the limb off her. husband while he was sleeping.

Some time later, Gallo will find out that she was suffering from domestic violence syndrome and that it led her to commit this act, but at that time, the media were not very sensitive to the event that occurred in 1993. when they jokingly ridiculed this woman’s suffering.

At the same time, his attacker, John Bobbitt, took advantage of the fame the tragedy had brought him as a pornographic actor.

The aim of the film, she said, is to continue to help victims and survivors break the silence in the face of sexual violence suffered by Latin women and many sides.

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“We are living in a social epidemic,” said Gallo, who currently chairs the Lorena Gallo Foundation, a space that supports victims of domestic violence.

Also present at the conference were Carmen Larios, vice president of Lifetime; Mónica Godoy, anthropologist with a master’s degree in gender studies, and Mabel Bianco, president and founder of the Foundation for the Study and Research on Women.

The latter highlighted the work Gallo does with his foundation and the strength to tell his story, although he is aware that the problem has not been eradicated.

Bianco considered that what Lorena went through now “is different, there is another society, there is another consciousness”.

He said that society must have zero tolerance for violence against women and girls “and also spoke about lesbians and transgender women. Our reading of the film is that it is a fundamental contribution to the denaturing of violence, ”he said.