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Roc Upchurch returns to comics after domestic violence charges.

The artist for Rat Queens was arrested in 2014 for a domestic violence charge. One year later, he's returning to his career, and there's very little uproar. In fact, in an interview he gave to Comic Book Resource, it sounds like everything is back on track. But his wife tells a very different story. In blog posts and a message to The Mary Sue, she disputes his claims that he's mending his relationship with his kids, stating that he hasn't seen them at all. She writes:
“As I write this, my children’s father is living with one of his female fans in Texas. And he’s quickly insinuating himself back into the comic book community. He’s been granted interviews in which he claims many untruths about our status. About his involvement with his children. He requests publicly to be allowed to interact with fans and the community once more. To what ends? If his past is any indication, I fear for the innocent young women who will cross his path. Or even his fists.”

Those are two very different stories.

And while we might never get any answers as to what's really going on, one thing does seem pretty clear: We're still not dealing with domestic violence in a healthy way. It's not limited to the comics community, and it's definitely not limited to this one instance. Victims are frequently silenced or ignored, or they're disbelieved at every turn.
And as for the perpetrators? How many resources are really available to the people who commit these horrible crimes against the people they claim to love? When it comes to their recovery- and other's safety- it really seems like we're failing everyone involved.
Yeah, sadly this is really prevalent. Sean Penn is a known abuser of his ex wife and he announced at the oscars last year and still gets cast in high profile things regularly. Woody Allen is also a great example. I think people throw a fit for all of a second, but once content starts coming that they enjoy they will still support the individual despite everything. I understand the whole "the form of art isn't the person you can be supportive of art without supporting the person" but you really can't. That art is a direct output of the abuser and fueling their success and their life style.
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I just feel like the issue here (at least for the comic fans) is the fact that they dont care what he did as long as they get their dosis of the comics they love and enjoy. So as long as he keeps providing the drawings, the fans wont really get into all this. Its not only in comics I mean anime, movies, tv shows etc have had these types of problems before but as long as they get what they want, most will not pay attention to what happens to the creators, actors etc
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@RosePark @tardisdragon7 Just like with Chris Brown. He had a moment of backlash, but after a year, people were just kind of like "Whatever" and his music is still successful.
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@RosePark That makes sense. As long as he puts out content, nobody will really care. But that makes it seem like as long as you're talented, you're untouchable legally. That's not something that should be promoted
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@shannonl5 I totally appreciate @nicolejb's comment about recovery. I guess my comment in return could be, when the vicitims have recovered...which in some cases is never. It's so difficult, because there is a social cost to keeping them if you ostracise them forever.
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