Domestic Violence in Pop Culture: NEVER TOO LATE

NEVER TOO LATE, by Three Days Grace (from the album One-X, 2007)

Most of us forget to include sexual abuse and assault when we talk about domestic violence, but the reality of such a situation is that it does happen and as sexual abuse is always rape in one form or another, it qualifies as domestic violence when it is perpetrated by a family member, close friend or domestic partner. I remember being amazed when first seeing the video that an all-male group would so vividly depict child sexual abuse in such a powerful way – and they did it. The song, “Never Too Late” is not specifically about abuse, but about being in a dark place and not feeling like one can get out. The powerful imagery of the video depicts what living with sexual abuse is like, long into adulthood, long after the abuse might stop. It’s not something that someone can just “shake off” because it is now over, because it is something that doesn’t go away. Between the lyrics and the imagery, Three Days Grace showed what such abuse is like for those who live with it, both as children experiencing it and later as adults.

No one will ever see
This side reflected
And if there’s something wrong
Who would have guessed it
And I have left alone
Everything that I own
To make you feel like
It’s not too late
It’s never too late

Even if I say
It’ll be alright
Still I hear you say
You want to end your life
Now and again we try
To just stay alive
Maybe we’ll turn it all around
‘Cause it’s not too late
It’s never too late”


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