Mexican singer Carmen Jara gave a controversial allegation against her now ex-husband Jorge Rosales.
The interpreter of "Te Parto el Alma" explained to "Despierta America" how she and daughter suffered from domestic violence by her now ex-husband for more than 10 years. "He used to punch me on the head... grabbed me from the neck and punched me on the head, and punched me in my stomach." the singer said with tears in her eyes. "He used to pull my hair and then throw me to the bed."
According to Jara, she did try to run away from him, but her attempts to escape were unsuccessful. With brittle voice, she revealed the worst moment of the many attacks was in one of their many trips. "He took another road, with trailers, it was dark, dark… and he dragged me out of the car and punched me. I wanted to run and leave," she expressed.
As stated on the National Coalition against Domestic Violence statistics, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men. One in three women and one in four men have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.
Jara, as many women, is now part of the statistics. Full of fear, she confessed she never reported anything to the authorities because Rosales, who also used to be her manager, threatened to kill her. "I haven’t gotten a restraining order against him, but I am going to do it. He is a very violent person."
She ended up with a powerful message to all women: "Open your eyes, make the decision and gather up determination. It doesn’t matter how much you love a person, do not accept humiliation, and don’t accept physical and verbal abuse."
Be part of the culture that has zero tolerance for domestic violence. If you or anyone you know is being abused, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE for confidential, anonymous help.
Watch Carmen Jara's full interview here.