To support Domestic Violence Awareness Month today’s TBT tells one individual’s story which led her to become an advocate for victims of domestic violence. It first ran on September 11, 2014.
In 2009 I became the victim of a violent crime, domestic assault with a weapon. The local newspaper’s front page story included the following phrases: “Felony Assault,” “Domestic Assault with a Weapon,” “False Imprisonment,” “beaten,” “hit about the head and body,” “beaten with hands, knees and feet,” “urinated on,” “beaten with a wrought iron cross,” “refused to let leave or use the telephone,” “numerous injuries,” “numerous bite marks about her body,” “lost consciousness,” “escaped.” Lucky to be alive should have been included.
What I learned in the years following my assault will scare you. My offender was given a two and a half year sentence for felony domestic assault with a weapon. Due to the “good time policy” in Iowa, he served only 10 months. I was his fifth victim. Twelve months after his early-release, he violently re-offended. This time, he disfigured his victim’s face, repeatedly biting her, leaving behind a permanent reminder of his violence. For this offense, his sixth, he was charged with Burglary 2nd degree (as he broke into a locked vehicle to gain access to his victim) and Willful Injury (an act that is intended to cause serious injury to another). (more…)