Domestic abusers, stalkers, and rapists should sign national register.

Domestic abusers, stalkers, and rapists should sign national register.

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Lea Christopher started this petition to Bob Casey Jr

After deep thought of past experiences, I've developed a goal to make possible a law regarding the protection of victims that have suffered from domestic abuse. I believe that with the help of the general public, we can spread awareness on this reality that many people, especially women, face every day. With your support, we can promote this issue by alerting the public of abusers and committing ourselves until this matter is resolved.

 I drew inspiration on this subject from my own personal experiences with domestic abuse. I’m proposing a law stating, “any individual charged with domestic abuse, stalking, or rape shall be required to sign a national registration, as a sex offender would". A few years ago, a close member of my family came forward as a victim of rape. Learning the struggle that this loved one underwent has affected me in that I’m now urged to protest this horrendous crime that too many fall victims of. Aside from this, I too have been victim of a violent relationship with a man that I believed to be my soulmate. Within a few months, I was truly convinced that I would be spending the rest of my life with this person. Then I found myself slowly transitioning into the most dreadful experience of my life.

Before long, I was hiding bruises on my wrists, covering black eyes, and considering any excuse as to what I had done wrong to result in this abuse. Each day brought a new pain, and I felt I was in too deep to ever reach the surface again. He manipulated and possessed me in every way possible; he controlled my actions, and if I was uncooperative, he became physical and inflicted his anger on me. In the past, I’ve heard stories like this, and I had always been sure that I would never be the girl who falls for that abuse. From the outside looking in, I knew I could never be that girl; but now, I’m on the inside reaching out. I never chose this relationship for myself, and I don’t think anyone ever does. You don’t expect it from the perfect person, you’re too blind to see the truth, and by the time you’ve come to the realization that you are a victim of domestic abuse, you feel you’re too far in to ever come back out.

With every wound, materialistic bandages were used to cover them- designer purses, brand name clothes from my favorite store, expensive dinner, and any date night upon request- he offered every penny he had as an apology for the pain he inflicted on me. Regardless of what he did or bought in attempt to take away the pain, the scars were still there. Eventually, I withdrew from my family and friends, and yearned for a way out. It kept getting worse, and I needed to end it. I made the decision that I would discontinue living with his abuse, under his possession, allowing his manipulative behavior to control me. When the time came, I packed all of my belongings and informed him that I would no longer submit to his ownership. He threatened to murder me, my entire family, and then himself. Despite saying this, he somehow made me feel safe, convincing me that he had loved me, and only ever wanted to protect me. I knew that it was a lie and I was being possessed by his manipulation and control, and I was terrified for my safety, as well as my family’s; so terrified, that I decided to stay another day.

I cried the entire night, and I found myself again wondering how this happened, and why it was happening to me. I didn’t know what to do, but I knew I needed to tell someone so that I wouldn’t feel so alone in this. I decided to turn to his mother whom I often confided in during arguments with him. She immediately cried and insisted that she had not raised him to be this kind of man. She gave me a hug, insisted that I leave and she would handle what was to come with him. I was grateful to have escaped this violence as a survivor, but not everyone is as fortunate. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), “On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience severe intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner contact sexual violence, and/or intimate partner stalking with impacts such as injury, fearfulness, post-traumatic stress disorder, use of victim service, contraction of sexually transmitted diseases, and more.” (https://ncadv.org/statistics

Far too many victims are in fear for their lives, and for that reason they will not come forward with it. Despite breaking free of an abusive relationship, I’m consistently fearful for the next intimate relationship I build. It’s important that people know that you don’t deserve this, I didn’t deserve this either, and it is never the victims fault. There is no justification for innocent people becoming victim to sexual assault, stalking, or physical abuse. Spread awareness and sign this petition to make others aware of abusers, to promote safe, positive relationships, and prevent others from becoming a victim of domestic abuse. Just as it is required for pedophiles to sign and register as a sex offender, it should be mandatory for those guilty of physical assault, stalking, or rape to sign and register as an abuser as well.

Thank you for reading my story that is unfortunately one of far too many, share it with others, and please take a moment to sign this petition for all of the women and men experiencing domestic violence. Let’s raise awareness and put an end to this!

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