Leslie Morgan Steiner gets asked “why?” a lot.
Questions like: Why do people stay with abusive partners? Why don’t they just leave?
To answer these questions, Ms Morgan Steiner wrote “Crazy Love”, an intimate memoir of the years of abuse she endured at the hands of her now ex-husband before finally breaking free – “crazy love” being the very reason why, she says, people stay in relationships with their abusers.
Ms Morgan Steiner, a New York Times best selling author and columnist for the Washington Post, will be the keynote speaker at a Cayman Islands Crisis Centre fundraising luncheon scheduled for 13 September.
Event organiser Denise Gower explained that Ms Morgan Steiner will discuss why people remain in violent relationships and why blame is often placed on the victim.
“Her message is important and relevant to everyone: that violence against women is not acceptable in any society, in any culture, in any home anywhere in the world,” Ms Gower said. “We need to let people know that help is available to them here in the Cayman Islands and they are not alone.”
The event will be held at the Ritz-Carlton and include lunch, local vendor stalls, a raffle and book signing.
Local businesses can purchase an exhibition table for $150 and donate a portion of sales to the Crisis Centre. Tickets are $100 and tables of 10 can be purchased.
All proceeds will go to the Crisis Centre to help fund its 24-hour security, counselling services for clients, education and outreach in schools, and running of the home.
Potential sponsors and vendors, and those wishing to buy tickets can call 749-8188 or by email [email protected]