Berkshire Eagle letter to the editor

Letter: Domestic violence is a tragedy, and an outrage


To the editor:

Again. It’s happened again. Another death. Another woman allegedly killed by her male partner (“911 call sheds light on killing,” Eagle, April 18). It isn’t a new problem and it isn’t unique to us. It happens in the city; it happens in the country. It happens to mothers. Their children are often witnesses. It happens to white women and even more often to women of color. It often happens when women are in the process of leaving or after they have left (so please don’t blame them for staying).

Kassedi Clark is the second woman murdered in the Berkshires in 2018 and it is only the middle of April.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, almost all women (95 percent) killed by intimates are killed by current or former partners. In 2015, it happened more than 1,900 times in this country. The weapon is most frequently a gun.

Every single one of these deaths is one too many! Every single one is both a tragedy and an outrage!

If you or a loved one has been affected by domestic violence or sexual assault call Elizabeth Freeman Center 24/7 at 866-401-2425.

Wednesday’s Eagle notes that donations to help cover the costs of Kassedi’s funeral can be made via a GoFundMe page at

It is my hope that Kassedi rests in peace, but the rest of us cannot rest at all. We have a lot of world-changing to do!

Susan Birns,


The writer is a board member, Elizabeth Freeman Center.