The Text Messages Reeva Steenkamp Sent Oscar Pistorius Before He Shot Her Are Chilling

The Text Messages Reeva Steenkamp Sent Oscar Pistorius Before He Shot Her Are Chilling
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The Oscar Pistorious Trial is in its fourth week, as the South African courts seek justice for Reeva Steenkamp.

In February 2013, the world famous Paralympian shot his longtime girlfriend several times, to her death, purportedly believing she was an intruder who had locked his or herself into the bathroom.

The pair’s relationship was definitely a rocky one. This missive was released as a court document during the trial, and it shows a woman desperately trying to understand why the man she loves can treat her so hatefully at times.

She clearly elucidates troubling double standards in their relationship, a clear and unhealthy power imbalance in what should be a level dialogue.

While this letter does not automatically implicate Pistorious as the willful murderer, it does paint the portrait of a man with a short temper, disregard for the other’s humanity, a history of condescension and spite.

No one should put up with that sort of disrespect in a relationship; everyone deserves to be treated with respect and have a clear dialogue on personal issues.

I do me, you do you, but let’s do us together.

H/T: Daily News, Top Photo Courtesy: Getty Images, Wikimedia

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