Interview with Sara Lewkowicz
Reportage Emerging talent Sara Lewkowicz won last year’s Alexia Foundation student grant for her series “Shane and Maggie,” about a woman in an abusive relationship. A year later, the foundation asked Sara about the impact of the story and the public response.
Alexia Foundation: Have your feelings on the situation and your response to it changed at all? Has distance given you any kind of wisdom in regard to the situation?
Sara Lewkowicz: I think I’ve stopped feeling a need to defend myself or my actions. I’m at peace with the knowledge that I balanced my responsibility to call authorities and my responsibility to create a record of the kind of brutality that millions of people experience every day at the hands of a loved one. I was pretty clear fairly quickly on how I felt about my own actions, it was my desire to make other people understand the situation that ate at me; the feeling that I owed everyone something, an explanation, whatever you would like to call it.
Maggie said something that put my mind at ease, once. She said to me, “I don’t have any problems with how you handled it, and I’m the only one whose opinion about that situation really matters, in the long run. So what do you care if someone who wasn’t even there is mad about it?”
Read more on the Alexia Foundation’s blog.