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Op Ed in Examiner: Time for community to end violence against women

Time for community to end violence against women Headlines are made when terrible things happen in “good” neighborhoods. But violence against women happens all too often in neighborhoods everywhere. The recent news in and around the Baltimore area over the past month has been disheartening. There was the story of the young girl being killed in her own home by an abusive boyfriend who police knew about. In fact, police officers knew so well, they knew the model of car to look for. There was the story of the 88-year-old woman being victimized in her own home; a week later, another lady was killed in her home by her abusive partner with a long history of arrests and releases; and most recently, a woman in Roland Park was raped and robbed, the suspect’s rap sheet long and full of prosecutors, judges, and people we place our trust in making excuses for why he was let go on so many charges. We as a community cannot allow these isolated incidents to serve only as newsworthy stories. Once the television is turned off and you have closed your newspaper for the day, the one true and devastating fact remains: Violence against women is rising at an alarming rate. We must step up and demand that our elected officials respond to these individual incidents. We need to get tough on violence against women. We must hold abusers accountable for their actions, before the violence escalates, before they sit before a judge on first-degree murder charges. If a man beats his partner, and the police are alerted to it, every incident, whether it be the first time they are called to the residence or the 100th time, must be taken with the utmost seriousness. We cannot allow for police to simply half respond to calls for help. We cannot allow for prosecutors to pick and choose which cases get tried. We surely cannot afford for judges to simply dismiss these cases. If we want a safer Baltimore, we need to start in our households where innocent victims are being killed at an alarming rate because officers did not take their plea for help seriously, because the criminal justice system allowed them to return to society on a $100 bail. If we want the homicide rate in our city to decrease, increase the right of a woman to feel safe in her own household. Don’t just read the story in the newspaper and then throw it away. Get upset, get active, do something. We as a human race can not allow for these stories to pass on deaf ears because for every case that does make it to the news, there are three more stories just like it that go unreported. We as a community must stand up and do something. Niecy Taylor Legal Assistant/Client Advocate, Public Justice Center Baltimore

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