Domestic Violence Awareness Month In Georgia
As Georgia recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Marsy’s Law sponsored events that brought the plight of victims to the forefront. These events put faces on the statistics, along with heartbreaking stories that illustrate the need to extend constitutional rights to crime victims.
At the Daughters Against Domestic Violence event in Decatur, Rose Bass testified that she stayed in a violent relationship with her son’s father for nine years. After growing up in a dysfunctional family, she stayed because she wanted to make the relationship work for her family. And stay she did until one day in 2010 when she knew her life was on the line. With their 6-month-old son in the room, her partner beat her for hours. He wouldn’t even let her get up to change their son’s dirty diaper. Finally, she told him she didn’t love him anymore and wanted out. He said, if I can’t have you then no one can. He went to the kitchen to get a knife, and she knew she had to act fast. She jumped out of a second-floor window, landing so hard that she crushed the bones in both of her feet. With neighbors idly watching, she crawled to safety to call the police, though it took her a year before she was able to walk again.
If Rose’s story is terrifying, the positive changes she’s brought to her life since her escape are uplifting. She’s now speaking out, telling other women they don’t have to stay trapped in a violent relationship. “There’s no negative force attached to love,” she tells audiences. She’s even written a book called “With My Hands Lifted Up,” which tells the story of how her faith in God helped her triumph over adversity.
You can watch her tell her full story here.
Marsy’s Law was also able to attend and support the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence (GCADV) event called “Jazzin for GCADV.” GCADV brings together member agencies, allied organizations and supportive individuals who are committed to ending domestic violence. Proceeds go to support survivor of domestic violence.
Marsy’s Law Georgia continues to support equal rights for victims and supports victims of domestic violence survivor events. If you are a victim and would like to share your story or have an event you would like for Marsy’s Law Georgia to attend, please contact us here. Together, we can achieve constitutional rights for victims in Georgia.