NEW VIDEO COMES AS LEGISLATIVE TENSIONS RISE …
|| By FITSNEWS || As the S.C. House of Representatives belatedly takes up the issue of criminal domestic violence (CDV) reform, the issue’s leading proponent in the State Senate is stepping up her advocacy.
Katrina Shealy – who blistered House members over the weekend on the issue – stars in a new one-minute video released by victims’ advocates.
The spot highlights an emotional floor speech delivered by Shealy last month as CDV reform made its way through the State Senate. In the speech, Shealy talked about her sister’s struggles as a victim of domestic abuse.
“She had all the signs,” Shealy said. “She had bruises – and she had fear in her eyes. But she covered up for him – out of fear for herself and her family.”
Shealy’s personal story – which ended with her brother-in-law taking his own life – has been touched upon by several mainstream media outlets, but its capture and release in this video comes at a pivotal moment in the debate.
First, here’s the spot …
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As this website exclusively reported over the weekend, tensions between Senators and House members over the domestic violence issue reached a boiling point over the weekend.
For her part, Shealy unhappy certain House members have tried to weaken the legislation that passed the Senate last month – while House members are irritated at what they believe to be political calculus driving the legislation.
We haven’t been particularly impressed with any of this year’s CDV proposals … which we recently referred to as “legislating for the sake of legislating.” As we’ve said before, if lawmakers were serious about cracking down on violence against women, then they might consider better addressing cases like THIS … or THIS.
Or expanding THIS in the event CDV takes the form of premeditated murder …