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Petition to Make Strangulation a Felony Charge (Oregon)

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I come here to ask all of you to sign this petition to get the bill passed for the revision to the current law regarding strangulation.

I previously was in an abusive relationship. And one of the things he would do was to strangle me. Upon leaving and prosecuting him, I was astonished to hear that strangulation in Oregon, is a MISDEMEANOR. This meaning, the abuser would most likely get out the same night and serve probation time! I've never felt more afraid of actually dying then when he was strangling me (even going through being kicked, punched, etc..), and I'm hurt to know that Oregon law treats this as a petty misdemeanor. Please read on further (if you wish), and sign this petition.


Currently, Oregon law states this (below) about the act of strangling.

A person commits the crime of strangulation if the person knowingly impedes the normal breathing or circulation of the blood of another person by:

(a) Applying pressure on the throat or neck of the other person; or

(b) Blocking the nose or mouth of the other person.

(2) Subsection (1) of this section does not apply to legitimate medical or dental procedures or good faith practices of a religious belief.

(3) Strangulation is a Class A misdemeanor. [2003 c.577 §2]


Did you know?

*Choking is often more dangerous than punching, shoving and other kinds of abuse.

*If an attacker applies 11 pounds of pressure for just 10 seconds, the victim can become unconscious. With greater pressure, death can occur within minutes. And even after the attacker lets up, a victim can collapse and die hours or even days later because of underlying damage to the neck, or to the brain due to lack of oxygen.

*Ten percent of violent deaths in the United States are strangulations.

*A 2008 study of 310 homicides in 11 American cities, published in The Journal of Emergency Medicine, found that 43 percent of women who were murdered by intimate partners had experienced at least one episode of choking before their killing.


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