Bravotv.com: What went through your mind when Bob made those comments in the car?
Kenya Moore: The entire conversation turned my stomach and made me want to exact revenge upon him for Sheree. I wanted to defend her from the pain he was causing her in that moment. It wasn’t funny, and I know all too well what that feels like. I’ve been very open about a former physically and mentally abusive relationship I suffered from when I was 16 years old. Bob's cavalier account of the abuse was reckless and sadistic. I knew of her former abuse. Regardless of the disagreements Sheree and I have had, we are both women. My job was to defend and protect her. There is no excuse for abuse.
Bravotv.com: Were you surprised Sheree brought up her issues with you during the restoration service?
KM: After the van ride I felt Sheree and I bonded on a different level. In a previous episode Sheree stated "I provoke people" and “I need to find out why Matt is breaking out my windows.” I was shocked that she would blame me for a man’s abusive behavior. I admonished her for making mockery of my situation citing the fact that she has been an abused woman herself, which she denied at the time. I’m often confused at Sheree’s constant attacks against me. She blamed me for Tami’s nephew in Miami demeaning, degrading, and attacking us; she blamed me for Matt’s violent behavior; and she turned on me after I defended and consoled her with Bob in the van. Her misplaced anger towards me should be directed at her abuser, not me. #NoExcuseForAbuse
It’s disheartening to me to see women bicker and fight and seemingly trivialize domestic violence. The facts are no laughing matter: One in four women in the US will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Domestic violence is the third leading cause of homelessness among families. Every three seconds a woman is murdered by an intimate partner. When you grow up living with domestic violence, you experience childhood domestic violence.
We are all affected and we are all one.