Harsher Penalty For Domestic Violence
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One in every 3 women have been raped by someone known to them.
One woman is killed every single week by a current or previous partner.
Domestic violence is the principal cause of homelessness for women.
One in 4 children are exposed to domestic violence.
A woman killed by her partner is more likely to be killed in her home.
Makes you feel sick doesn't it. Makes you think, "I can't even imagine how horrible that would have been..".
How about I tell you a little story about me.
I am 31, I am engaged to the love of my life, I have 2 beautiful dogs and a cat, I'm financially secure and I am in good health.
This may all seem like a field of sweet smelling roses, but I can tell you - the smile you see on my face every day, hides a deep dark past..
When I was 15, I was raped and sexually assaulted by 2 men. On the same night.
When I was 28, I was hit, had a knife held to my head & was threatened to be killed.
Do you know what these 3 cases have in common?
ALL 3 MEN GO OFF SCOTT FREE.
No jail time, no punishment.. nada.
Someone very dear to me, her sister was brutally beaten by her partner at the time. He was locked up, for maybe 8 months.. today he got a slap on the wrist and released. So now, this woman has to live in fear, and all she has to protect her is a piece of paper. A DVO. Like me, like this innocent woman, we nearly lost our lives to domestic violence.
THERE NEEDS TO BE HARSHER PENALTIES FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
I speak for hundreds, if not thousands of domestic violence survivors. Its not a joke. I live in fear for my life, each and every day. If I'm alone at work, I have panic attacks. If its dark outside, I dead lock each and every door and window. I have nightmares of being sexually abused or threatened with weapons. I have nightmares OF MY OWN FUNERAL. Am I making you feel uncomfortable? Welcome to my life.
This is something that hits home for me, in a way you couldn't even understand. The repeated moments that constantly replay in my head.. the fact that 3 men are out there, free. My DVO was approved over 2 years ago, but has expired. I have been advised that unless they contacts me, it cannot be renewed. They could be out there doing the same thing to another innocent woman right now.
If the men were serving a jail sentence, well that could change everything..
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