Thursday, 25 February 2016

Yay or Nay, Should Leanne have reported Simon to the police?

On the surface of it, Simon admitted to Zeedan that he intended on hurting his friend, Kylie, and was glad of it. Kyle certainly had been winding Simon up throughout the game and Simon, in a bad mood already because he saw Leanne fliring with the team manager, lost control. We didn't see the incident and the referees and managers were bickering, taking the attention of the parents and friends watching, so they didn't see it either. Simon changed his story and insisted he didn't mean it after all but Leanne, after the year she's had dealing with Simon, reached the end of her tether and went to the police to report this and all the other incidents.

Do you think that was the right decision?

In my mind, it was the right thing to do and what *should* happen now is the police, Social Services and Simon's counsellor need to work with Simon to help him. Counselling is one important part but maybe there are additional resources that can help.

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Daithi_c said...

Yes, he needs a wakeup call to break the cycle of abuse.

Being glad to hurt someone is a nasty revelation.

Since he seemed to be behaving the same
after he had hurt Leanne several times,
The Battered Partner Syndrome Loop

Work up rage,
Assault partner,
Pretend everything is normal,
or be apologetic and treat the battered person (increasingly each time)
Cool down to normal behaviour,
Rinse, repeat.

Daithi_c said...


Leanne felt guilty when he assaulted her,
but now he has assaulted someone else.

That was probably the straw that broke the camel's back.

kib said...

Can't decide if she should have reported to the police or the counselor. Something definitely needs to be done.
However, if you watch the scene between Zeedan and Simon again, Simon doesn't say he did it on purpose but it's easily interpreted that way by Zeedan.

Anonymous said...

With all the things Simon's been through, mentally, emotionally, and physically, it might be time for some physical tests to see if there's been any brain damage caused by concussion, or smoke inhalation, or...??? He might also have hormonal imbalances which are being exacerbated by puberty. A psychiatrist may need to get involved, since there may be more than just emotional problems. Now that the police are involved, hopefully more resources should be available.

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