Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Melissa's Law - Please Sign This Petition!

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You all know how passionate I am about Domestic Violence, right? (While youre here please check out this post to see why) A few months ago I stumbled across a news story about Lori M, aka Lmbr Timber Onu of Emerald Coast Roller Derby. She was severely beaten as a result of Domestic Violence. Fortunately she survived, but as many of you know the sting of DV lasts a lifetime.

I am amazed by Loris strength and willingness to share with the world her story. She has a facebook page that is updated by Lori and friends. They keep us up to date on how she is doing and provide everyone with info that can help others struggling.

Today on the Lori Aid 2011 page they posted about "Melissa's Law, Mandatory Monitoring of People with Restraining Orders Against Them". You can read more about the bill here.

A law requiring anyone with a receives a PFA (Protection From Abuse or restraining order) would be monitored and violations would be reported to police as they are happening is amazing. Think about how many lives this could save! Unfortunately a piece of paper doesnt protect victims from their abusers. And sadly back in 1996 in Williamsport, PA a PFA meant next to nothing. My mom called and reported her abuser several times and the police brushed it off as a minor call. If there had been a Melissa's Law then.... who knows what could have happened. Maybe things would be different.

We need something like this. We need another way to protect those who need it. We need to sign the petition and we need to make this law a reality.

Sign The Petition Here

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