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Domestic Violence Survivor Brings Case to International Tribunal

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Women's Rights, Domestic Violence, USA )

- 4129 days ago -
The case of Jessica Lenahan (formerly Gonzales), whose three small girls were kidnapped and murdered by her estranged husband after local police refused to enforce a restraining order against him, marks the first time the tribunal had indicated that count


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Marian E (152)
Friday March 28, 2008, 11:47 pm

I have been feeling frustrated with the direction our legal system has taken for awhile now. I'm seeing a correlation between it and the bush administration and am absolutely thrilled that the IACHR is willing to hear this.

(And what the hell is this with "a private act of violence"? You can only be protected if the act of violence is done in a public place or perhaps with an audience???!!! MOST rapes and murders are done "privately". What an ignorant statement!!!)

Thank you Mark. This entire situation from the refusal to enforce a court order to the refusal of the courts to rule that it must be upheld is just sickening. (By the way, restraining orders are called "orders of protection!!! How effing ludicrous!!!)


Penelope P (222)
Saturday March 29, 2008, 1:14 am
Thankyou Mark noted

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 29, 2008, 9:02 am
Noted and thanks Mark !
This is what our justice system has turned into its totally blind deaf and dumb !How could they possibly say the constitution does not say the police have to enforce a restraining order . My god then what the heck is a restraining order for if not to protect a person by using police force and legal means.

Margaret P (76)
Saturday March 29, 2008, 5:13 pm
Had this woman used vigilanty justice (which seems, according to the story, her only recourse to protect herself and her children)she would have been behind bars and her abuser free. Until the courts install their own police department, who will victims of violence turn to when a restraining order needs to be enforced? I can tell you from experience with an abuser, the only way to protect yourself and children is to move far enough out of the reach of the abuser to make it difficult, if not impossible, for them to reach you. I hope that this woman prevails and something is done to protect victims of abuse. In my case, I bought and registered a gun. Not what I wanted to do but my ex left me with no other choice.
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