Ebony Wilkerson: Driven To Kill

By now we have all heard the disturbing story of Ebony Wilkerson, the pregnant mother who intentionally drove herself and her three children aged 10, 9, and 3, into the Atlantic Ocean last week.

According to published statements from the children, Wilkerson was intentionally attempting to commit suicide while killing her children in the process. During the commission of this unspeakable act, she fought off first responders and Good Samaritans attempting to rescue the family.

READ: From Junior Seau To Don Cornelius: The Black Suicide Stigma

When confronted with the horrors of human behavior, as a licensed psychotherapist my first instinct is to search for understanding by looking at the system around the offender. While, like you, I was in shock and awe watching the dramatic video of the event, my immediate instinct was not to vilify, but to understand.

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