The abusive man lashed out in front of guests after she teased him by pretending to take the wedding cake away.
Trigger Warning: This article contains details of abuse that may be distressing to readers.
Weddings are meant to be joyous occasions celebrating the union of two people in love. But that was far from the truth for a couple believed to be from Central Asia. An unsuspecting bride was slapped across her face on her own wedding day... by her groom. Why? Because she teased him by pretending to take a slice of his wedding cake away. The viral video starts with the groom finished feeding his wife a piece of cake. After which she jokingly moves his piece of cake away from his face. It was clear that the man had no sense of humor as he shocked guests by slapping his bride hard after her harmless, playful gesture. The man looked incredibly angry at her and his wife looked traumatized as reeled in the aftershock of his unexpected blow. Guests were left horrified as well. A man standing behind the groom grabbed him and spoke to him while one of the guests tries to comfort the bride as she stands back up, reports The Daily Mail.
Internet users were quick to condemn the man's abuse. One person pointed out: Before he slapped her in front of other people, you could see by how she held her head down, she has been beat down by him before. She is not safe. Another concerned person noted: Most abusers are adamant about making sure no one sees. If he's willing to do this in front of an audience, then how frightening to think what he'd do in private. A third added: She was just being playful and he processed it all wrong in his brain (abusers usually do). This guy is abusive and she's been slapped by him before. You can tell by her reaction that it wasn't the first time and it certainly won't be the last. This woman looked absolutely miserable on her wedding day before the slap. She never should have married this guy.
Look at her face. She looks scared before he slapped her ☹— serendipity two (@spidermonkeytwo) March 7, 2019
It's heartbreaking to know many people are subjected to this kind of abuse. One such case involves Sherry Waller a 34-year-old mother of five. She was shot and killed by her boyfriend, who then killed himself. Her family did not know that she was in an abusive relationship until it was too late According to WMTV, sister Praviona Lawrence later realized there were a few red flags. “When it came to her job, she loved her work. And then it just got to the point she was going less and less… where she just wanted to be at home and be there when he gets there,” Lawrence said. Lawrence is urging others to act earlier if they do see any signs of abuse. "Encourage people like to get out. You do not have to stay just to get out,” Lawrence said.
Today marks the beginning of #domesticviolenceawareness month. “We clearly have a lot of work left to do.” @madisonpolice believe Sherry Waller was killed by her boyfriend. She was a mother to 5 children. #news3 pic.twitter.com/Z0lBrZpjf6— Amanda Quintana (@amandaqtv) October 1, 2018
Domestic Abuse Intervention Services Executive Director Shannon Barry shared, "Domestic Violence relationships like any other relationship start with a honeymoon phase so it doesn’t start with violence. A lot of times it can be very difficult for people to even see that they’re their partners are systematically starting to isolate them and starting to control different aspects of their life until it’s going to kind of further down the line." The best way to help someone who may be subjected to abuse is to reach out to them. You can tell them: "If you just need someone to talk to. If you want to just sit and have coffee. If you want support if you need to reach out for resources, I’m just here, and if you choose to be with this person, I’m still here for you, and I’m still that person in your life," added Barry.
If you are being subjected to domestic abuse or know of anyone else who is, please visit The National Domestic Violence Hotline website or call 1-800-799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522.