Apologize for your smears against victims of spousal abuse or resign
  • Petitioned Don Pridemore

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Wisconsin State Representative
Don Pridemore

Apologize for your smears against victims of spousal abuse or resign

    1. Darrell Lucus
    2. Petition by

      Darrell Lucus

      Charlotte, United States

When Republican state representative Don Pridemore offered his support of a bill that compared accidental pregnancies to child abuse, he claimed that it is possible even for those in abusive marriages can rekindle their relationships "if they can refind" the reasons why they got together "and get back to why they got married in the first place."

In essence, Pridemore is saying that if someone in an abusive relationship doesn't want to make it work, it's the victim's fault. This is one of the oldest and most insidious smears against victims of spousal abuse. It is unconscionable that an elected official, regardless of party, would smear people who have had to endure such an ordeal in this way.

Anyone who spits in the face of spousal abuse victims is unfit to hold elected office at any level. If Pridemore has anything left in him, he will apologize for his crass and insensitive remarks or resign.

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    • adriane bellard OKC, OK
      • almost 2 years ago

      THIS IS IMPORTANT TO ME BECAUSE I WAS IN AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP MYSELFA ND I WAS HAPPY ONCE I WAS FREE AND I WAS NO LONGER IN FEAR

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    • Phillipa Watson HILLMAN, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      OK it's been explained and I still don't understand. How can a pregnancy, be it deliberate or accidental, have anything to do with child abuse or any similarities? And I have the feeling I really don't want to understand this one. Sounds pretty rank

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    • Stephanie Pipes SWAMPSCOTT, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      Condoning spousal abuse. You and your kind are a blight on this country. Republicans.

      should climb back under there rocks and stay there.

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    • Silvia Garza SAN ANTONIO, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      because I am a woman who had witnessed spousal abuse as a child and I know first hand how damaging it can be for the victims!

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    • Sara Wolf MADISON, WI
      • over 2 years ago

      Hi Darrell, I've also started a petition to Mr. Pridemore for the same reason. Perhaps we should find a way to join these two together? http://www.change.org/petitions/state-rep-don-pridemore-retract-his-damaging-statement-that-women-should-stay-with-abusive-spouses

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