Domestic Violence Legislation Press Conference
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Domestic Violence Legislation Press Conference

[inaudible] Well [inaudible] One which I better Tom [inaudible] Right . Good morning everyone. Thank you for being with us today as we promote critical legislation to support survivors of domestic violence. I am senator Susan ruby — Representing the twenty second Senate district and the author of Senate bill two seventy three the domestic violence protection act also known as the Phoenix act. I have the great honor to be joined by courageous leaders and advocates in the fight against domestic violence. You will hear from a few just in a few minutes. We’re here because we believe it is important to empower victims of domestic violence. And we need them to come out of the shadows. And because we want to ensure the future victims have the opportunity to seek justice. With enough time to heal from the trauma that sometimes will last a lifetime. Domestic violence is a horrible crime that inflict a heavy toll on victims. As I address you today. I cannot help but recall my own experience. My own trauma as I am to a victim of domestic violence. When it comes to domestic violence those statistics are Graham? In America an average of fifty women are shot to death. By their intimate partners every month. And many more are injured. As I shared earlier this is very personal to me. When my domestic violence story was publicized in the media hundreds? Of women came forward and told me their stories one in particular share her trauma at the hands of her abuser for eighteen years. And even after the relationship ended she didn’t have the courage to tell anyone. This is why this legislation is so critically important. Women mentor abuse for years and struggle to heal and find their voice and the courage to come forward. As a newly elected state senator not only do I have the power. But the responsibility to use my voice my experience to make a difference. This is why SP two seventy three the domestic violence protection act as my top priority. Not for me but for the thousands of survivors that are still. Hidden from us. Without any recourse to seek justice years after they even managed to get away from their abusers. Clearly current law is flawed and is only meant to protect our abusers. Let’s not make the statute of limitation. One more hurdle that it already broken traumatized victim [inaudible] Hastert jump. Victims deserve the time to heal find their voice find their courage to come forward. SB two seventy three does three critical things. It will extend the statute of limitation. For domestic violence. It will also require claims to be evidence based. Lastly it will expand the training requirement for peace officers. To help them properly identify victims of domestic violence with the most up to date standards. Ladies and gentlemen. These are sensible reforms that take into account [inaudible] The trauma [inaudible] The victims. And what we have entered. I want to thank our coal authors who couldn’t be here with us today. A semi member Eduardo Garcia and assemblywoman block a repeal specially Evan Rachel wood and all the domestic violence survivors that are here with us today. Your leadership and tireless work on this issue. Is very important at this point I would like to welcome Evan Rachel wood a survivor and advocate to say a few words please help me welcome her. Beginning in my late teens. I was in an abusive relationshi. With an intimate partner. Our time together was marked. By death threats. Sleep deprivation starvation. Brainwashing. Rape torture. And deep humiliation and shame. I was lucky enough to escape. Years of therapy and rehabilitation and sued years of being frightened into silence. One year ago I began to explore taking legal action. As I became aware that he was still abusing other women. And my desire to stop him. Grew bigger than my fear. I was told by a lawyer who reviewed the video photo and audio evidence I had gathered. That the statue of limitations of three years had run out. And there was no legal action I could take. I wasn’t satisfied with this barrier. And asked what more I can do. To which she replied you could try to change the law. So that’s what I’m doing. I’m speaking to you here today with the goal to change the statute of limitations in California from three years. To Ted. If the evidence meets specific criteria. Buy a bill called the Phoenix act. I’m not doing this alone. Alongside me or five advocates. Together we demonstrate that the plague of domestic violence there’s no racial locational our economic boundaries. I ask for your support for SP. Two seventy three let’s end the violence and pave a new path for together [inaudible] Thank you. Next I would like to invite Kate Ron talked to share her story. Hello my name is Kate Ranta. My son William who is right here with us today. My father Robert and I and my entire extended family are survivors of intimate partner and family violence. My estranged husband tried to murder us. Starting in two thousand ten after two years of marriage my ex husband was becoming increasingly abusive. After physical incident. I did what everyone tells women in abusive relationships to do I just left with my son. I secured a temporary restraining order and he was served. But I was in even more danger after I left. What would ensue would be nearly two years of trying to extricate myself from this abusive man? And keep myself and my child safe. His behaviors increasingly escalated he terrorized us. Law enforcement child services judges magistrates guardians I’d light on nobody did anything to protect us. That is they did nothing until after he attended to shoot and kill us. On the night of November second two thousand twelve my ex ambushed us at my apartment. I had not given him my address. For safety reasons. But he stopped me there. He attended to push in the door while my father and I pushed in against it. To keep them out. Then the shots rang out boom boom boom. I screamed and animalistic scream I’ve never heard from myself before. My right hand exploded in front of my face. There was blood splatter up the wall. I fell to the ground and laid in a pool of my own blood. I heard another boom followed by a grunt. He shot my dad point blank and I thought my father had died. My son William who is only for the time screen don’t do it Daddy don’t shoot mommy. Miraculously we got out and we survived her injuries. My dad was shot through his left arm. And in his left side just missing his long. I was shot through my right hand and through my left breast so the bullet just missed my heart it’s a miracle that I’m standing here today. My son witnessed the entire event. The physical wounds healed but the psychological wounds are deep and long term for all of u. As for my acts he was convicted by a jury to premeditated attempted first degree murder. And sentenced to sixty years in prison held either. I know my story sound shocking. But the truth is family violence like this is happening all over the country every single day. And too many women and children don’t make it. I was almost a statistic. A woman is five hundred times more likely to die when a gun is present in a domestic violence situation. We’re gonna solve this human rights crisis we need to start with common sense legislation like the Phoenix act. We are here today to insist that the California legislature passed this important bill which would extend the statute of limitations on reporting domestic violence. I know all too well how devastating and terrifying it is to report intimate partner violence I know the shame and blame that goes along with it. I know the danger women are and when they do report it. It is not an easy thing to do or as simple as far too many people believe it is and sometimes we need more time. To take that step in to make that report. The Phoenix act would give victims the gift of time. Which just might save lives. I appreciate you listening to the voices of survivors and families like mine. I truly hope none of you ever experienced the sheer horror that my family has [inaudible] Thank you. Next I would like to Mike Shea Frankel Clawson to share her story. My name is Jay Franco class and am really honored by the opportunity to speak to all of you today. I’m a resident of San Jose and elected official for Santa Clara valley open space. And I continue to advocate for not just open space but women’s rights L. G. B. T. rights. And women’s rights in my community. I was brought here today because the Phoenix axe the legislation espy. Two seven three introduced by senator Rubio. Was drafted in response to the outcry of people like. Me Evan and all the women behind me. The need for legislators to expand its scope and extend the statue of limitation. Is. As it pertains to prosecution and perpetrators and intimate partnership or domestic violenc. But to start I think we really need to shift the focus and interpretation of the law. From the prosecution of the perpetrators. To being a tool for current victims and survivors of intimate partner violence. What I want to share is my stor? Because I hope that I can share the importance of this change in what it would not only mean to me. Two thousands of nameless. And faceless women that currently face what I faced first at the age of twelve that’s accurate at the age of twelve I experienced my first punch. My first lap. My first taste of strangulation. Intimate partner violence extends to those that target young girls like me at the age of twelve I had become an intimate partner. As well as a victim of human and sex trafficking. I start here because I had to develop at an early age. What relationships look like? And that abuse is normal. I share that story only to start the clock. Because by the time I was. Eighteen I had a few boyfriends and well that norm of domestic violence had continued to met every relationship I had. Violence was not domestic. Or intimate partner violence it was just my boyfriend. And that is how boyfriend street girls. At the age of twenty I’d continue the cycle of violence and gone from one bad relationship to the next. That’s right when I was here I was punched I was pushed down. I did not the really. Did not label the relationship is violent. Instead that there were just back. I was really embarrassed to share as a very strong confident woman standing before you today. It wasn’t until one day an advocate in two thousand fourteen that I have become informed. Yes after twenty seven years at the age of thirty seven is when I realize that I was a victim of domestic violence intimate partner violence. I’m here today because it took me twenty seven years to realize that it was violence. It took me twenty seven years to understand it was against the law. It took me twenty seven years to know I had any power to do anything. And I’m here today to say. I started the infamous clock in activate the statue of limitations timer I would’ve laps the current lost twenty six times. According to the law. I only had one year to three years to step. One become informed that my relationship was violent. Step two find out that what was happening to me was against the law. Step three become informed of how to navigate the legal syste. That worked against me and the hardest stepped. Step. Four one of the most time consuming internalize factor. What’s to then gather courage. Reported to the police. What I want to share that it took me twenty seven years who just arrived to step? Three and now that a few more years have passed I have crept toward step. Four knowing what I know today. I can imagine that had I gotten this final step established the straight necessary to file charges. To be told sorry one of three years days have passed and the current law does not protect you. The damage and scars and the Tom and I have been fighting. To be met with the Nile. Would pull me right back into trauma. I’m sharing this. Most valuable private part of my life in front of many people who are watching this today. Because if I had the resources. And the statue of limitations to protect me. I would’ve felt trapped charges no that intimate partner violence and domestic violence is real and it’s against the la. I would refer to prevent abuse of other women and girls. This knowledge which shape all the relationships including including building a foundation. This is another step that I call [inaudible] Step. Five and that is a step that puts a domestic put a hold on domestic violence. And I hope that all the legislators here in Sacramento taking here me. And they take this last step with me. And making sure that victims of domestic violence and intimate partner violence are protected. Look Beth the Senate bill today thank you. Next I would like to invite Micah Sasaki to share her story. Thank you everyone and thank you senator Rubio. I’m here today to talk about an armor partner violence as well as domestic violence. I like J. had a lot of unhealthy relationships growing up and I didn’t know that they were I’m healthy I Jeff. Five someone who had trust issues there maybe they were just and secure. But what I didn’t realize was how much danger I was truly an Intel my best friend texted me one day and said me K. if you do not leave him. I am going to be the one that has to pull you out of the ditc. And I don’t want to have to do that. I struggled with finding support I struggled with. Finding the words to come out. And testify and Tom my story and press charges. I experience severe domestic violence there was a gun involved. I with stocks at college as a nineteen year old girl I had to be escorted. By campus security to each and everyone of my classes I had to be escorted to my car. And even when I was in my car I would look behind me and make sure he wasn’t there with a gun. I was terrified it affected my education. It affected my spirit. It affected so many aspects of my life. And I really hope that the senators [inaudible] Pass this. Piece of legislation to support survivors like me. Because it takes a lot of time to heal it takes a lot of time. To address the pain. And it does. Get better but we need. Our senators and our legislators to support us and to stand with us — And so I stop strongly urge all senators to vote today and help pass this bill. Thank you. I would like to thank all of you for joining us here today — As we hear the stories of courageous survivors we see the importance of passing this critical piece of legislation so I also urge all my colleagues. To vote for for this because without this protection. A lot of women were still going to remain silent. And want to share with all the women out there you’re not alon. We’re here to support you [inaudible] Thank you

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  • Cgamer

    I'm so sad about this press conference it's so hard Hearing about these Brave Women going through this. Keep fighting through this

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