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Wife braves media to discuss abuse

(China Daily)

09:27, November 25, 2011

Li Yang (left) is the founder of Crazy English. Kim Lee is the wife of Li Yan

BEIJING - When the founder of Crazy English's wife finally got up the courage to take the spotlight, she wanted her silver-tongued husband to be the one listening for a change, she said recently.

"At first my reaction was similar to what any woman who has gone through domestic violence feels," Kim Lee said. "I was scared, I felt helpless and I did not want others to know about it."

Lee is married to Li Yang, whose Crazy English teaching method encourages students to speak the language out loud while they are learning it. She recently filed for a divorce from him, and the Beijing Chaoyang District People's Court plans to hear the case on Dec 15.

On Thursday, Lee appeared at the Maple Women's Psychological Counseling Center in Beijing with her 9-year-old daughter.

"I actually sent a short message to Li Yang to invite him to come to hear," she said. "I had been spending time listening to his speeches, but he had never heard mine."

In late August, Lee began going to her micro blog to post photos of what she said was her bruised forehead and her bloodied ear. She accused Li of abusing her.

On Sept 10, Li confessed that he had beaten his wife and apologized for his misdeeds to the public. He also declined to divorce Lee.

Lee said she, at one time, had responded to the violence passively.

"At first I did not fight back because my 57-kg body had no way to fight Li's 90-kg weight," Lee said. "But that only made the violence grow (more) severe."

In August, Lee took one of her children to the Tuanjiehu police station in Beijing's Chaoying district to ask for help. The police repeatedly tried to call Li Yang but did not receive an answer. In the end, they took Lee to the hospital.

"I had happened to lose my address book and I could only remember five or six phone numbers," Lee said.

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