[Trigger Warning: This post contains a description and photos of physical assault that may potentially be triggering for survivors of such abuse.]
...Since it was published, Lewkowicz’s project has received negative attention because many commenters feel that Lewkowicz should have tried to stop the abuse rather than standing by and documenting the incident on her camera. Lewkowicz actually did call 911 (and includes images of their response in her photo essay as well), but for many this was not enough. Even Maggie was attacked by commenters for allowing the abuse to happen, for staying with Shane, and for not fighting back. As one commenter states, “She is not a victim. She is the perpetrator.” But as Jina Moore notes in her article on Salon.com, the only person who isn’t blamed in these comments is the man committing the violence.