Sibling Abuse: The Johnson Domestic Violence

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The violence within the Johnson home isn 't only perpetrated by the mother, Mary Johnson. The children are forced to witness their parents fighting prior to the death of their father. Still,there is even another form of violence that Maggie is subjected to. This violence comes in the form of sibling abuse at the hands of Jimmie. The first instance of this abuse is seen within the readers first meeting of Maggie. “As his sister continued her lamentations, he suddenly swore and struck her. …As she slowly retreated her brother advanced dealing her cuffs” (Crane 8). This attack was only in response to Maggie crying due to the possibility that their mother would become violent toward all of the children in response to Jimmie’s fighting.

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