Free Marissa Alexander who stood her ground!
  • Petitioned The State Of Florida - Jacksonville

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The State Of Florida - Jacksonville

Free Marissa Alexander who stood her ground!

    1. Peggy Smith
    2. Petition by

      Peggy Smith

      Flushing, NY

Women who are victims of domestic violence need a voice! Why is it that in this day and age women are STILL victims themselves when they attempt to defend themselves against their abusers?? Feminists have been fighting for women for a long time so this does not happen and still, here is yet another example of a woman who defended herself and SHE got arrested?

The alleged victim, under sworn statement in November 2010, admitted he was the aggressor, threatened Ms. Alexanders life and was so enraged he didn’t know what he would do. The alleged victim, Ms. Alexanders husband, was arrested for domestic violence two times, once for abuse against her. The attack against her was so violent; she ended up in the hospital.

Here is her accounting of what happened on that day she was arrested: "In an unprovoked jealous rage, my husband violently confronted me while using the restroom. He assaulted me, shoving, strangling and holding me against my will, preventing me from fleeing all while I begged for him to leave. After a minute or two of trying to escape, I was able to make it to the garage where my truck was parked, but in my haste to leave I realized my keys were missing. I tried to open the garage but there was a mechanical failure. I was unable to leave, trapped in the dark with no way out. For protection against further assault I retrieved my weapon; which is registered and I have a concealed weapon permit. Trapped, no phone, I entered back into my home to either leave through another exit or obtain my cell phone.
He and my two stepsons were supposed to be exiting the house thru the front door, but he didn’t leave. Instead he came into the kitchen that leads to the garage and realized I was unable to leave. Instead of leaving thru the front door where his vehicle was parked outside of the garage, he came into the kitchen by himself. I was terrified from the first encounter and feared he came to do as he had threatened. The weapon was in my right hand down by my side and he yelled, “Bitch I will kill you!”, and charged toward me. In fear and desperate attempt, I lifted my weapon up, turned away and discharged a single shot in the wall up in the ceiling. As I stood my ground it prevented him from doing what he threatened and he ran out of the home. Outside of the home, he contacted the police and falsely reported that I shot at him and his sons. The police arrived and I was taken into custody."

Ms. Alexander needs our love and support - remember there are also her children to think about whose mother is now in jail. Please sign this petition to let the State of Florida know that we will not let another woman become a victim to her abuser!

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    Reasons for signing

    • Benita Phillips PALISADE, CO
      • over 2 years ago

      Abused women, of ANY COLOR, HAVE to be able to stand their ground and protect themselves and their children.

    • Leigh Ryan NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      This is not the America we can be proud of, we need to protect anyone being abused, this is egregious and, sadly, seems to be systemic.

    • Contessa Burton WALLS, MS
      • over 2 years ago

      ...because this could have been me if I were married to an abuser... men seem to always go free when abusing women. We need to stand our ground!!

    • Raejean McDonald KILLEEN, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      I too was a victim of domestic violence in Jacksonville FL . Marissa Alexander had every right to defend herself from further violence!

    • Charlene Edwards-Harris CLEVELAND, OH
      • over 2 years ago

      As a child I've seen alot of domestic violence, and promised myself I would never allow my self to go through it, as a grown woman I realize that not all women shares my views. I know that the abuse that women go through just to feel loved is sometimes not love and everybody deserves to truely be loved the right way.


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