Review: A Great Understanding of Abuse of Peers

4.0 out of 5 stars A great understanding of the abuse of peers, 27 Nov 2012
This review is from: The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap (Paperback)

The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap took place a year after the Oscar Wilde scandal of homosexuality in the late 19th century. The town of Red River Pass in Nevada is the location. Mildred Dunlap and her cousin Edra are well to do members of the community. They are also reclusive and have many secrets behind closed doors. Unfortunately, this makes them the target of gossip and abuse. We have a group of ladies who are busy bees. Our Queen Bee is Josie who has had a difficult past. Her target is Mildred Dunlap.

The problem of Peer Abuse exists throughout this book. Mildred and Edra must hide their homosexual lifestyle to the community. The ladies have created a front using a recently widowed man named Charley. This gets the busy bees spreading gossip throughout the community. Josie crucifies anyone of a different race, sexual preference or religious persuasion. The sad part is many of the women follow her in her schemes. Their gossip unnerves people in the town. After Mildred started taking up with Charley, the rumors hurt her so bad that she was affected physically. Edra would hide from the world to avoid this sort of pain. Towards the end, we learn how Josie twists a situation to make it appear that her friend, Helene, was the instigator and not her. As a result of Josie’s scheming, Helene lost someone precious to her.

Folks, these are very real problems that exist with peer abusers on a regular basis. The Queen Bee will have a group or a “hive” around her. Usually, they are spreading lies or trying to invade into the lives of their targets. Scheming is not unusual with them. Boundaries are a problem as they do as they please. Their targets generally are affected by them in some way. It can be physically or emotionally. The sad thing is this happens in adult women a lot more than we want to realize. This book gave an excellent example of relational aggression. It showed how a Queen Bee with a lot of social power abuses those around her. Her busy bees feared her. People were affected physically and emotionally. The sad thing is this was in adult women. How can we as adults expect to solve this problem if we don’t check our own behavior first?

I give this book thumbs up and to understand this abuse in adult women, I recommend this book.

About The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

The year 1895 was filled with memorable historical events: the Dreyfus Affair divided France; Booker T. Washington gave his Atlanta address; Richard Olney, United States Secretary of State, expanded the effects of the Monroe Doctrine in settling a boundary dispute between the United Kingdom and Venezuela; and Oscar Wilde was tried and convicted for "gross indecency" under Britian's recently passed law that made sex between males a criminal offense. When the news of Wilde's conviction went out over telegraphs worldwide, it threw a small Nevada town into chaos. This is the story of what happened when the lives of its citizens were impacted by the news of Oscar Wildes' imprisonment. It is chronicle of hatred and prejudice with all its unintended and devastating consequences, and how love and friendship bring strength and healing. Paulette Mahurin, the author, is a Nurse Practitioner who lives in Ojai, California with her husband Terry and their two dogs--- Max and Bella. She practices women's health in a rural clinic and writes in her spare time. All profits from her book are going to animal rescue, Santa Paula Animal Shelter, the first and only no-kill shelter in Ventura County, CA, where she lives. (see links below on Ventura County Star Article & Shelter) To find out more please go the The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap on facebook or Amazon or e-mail us at the gavatar addresses. Thank you. (photos: of Paulette, her family, and a reading at The Ojai Art Center, July 2012)
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1 Response to Review: A Great Understanding of Abuse of Peers

  1. icittadiniprimaditutto says:

    Reblogged this on i cittadini prima di tutto.

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