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Amanda Grady Sexton, director of public affairs for the N.H. Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence said Tuesday such crimes are more prevalent than many people realize.
“Children are being exposed to pornography at much younger ages now and maybe don’t have the same framework for what is appropriate in a relationship and also they are taking riskier and riskier actions in terms of their behaviors,” she said.
Also, the proliferation of smart phones makes it is easier than ever to record people without their permission, she said.
“People are selling these images,” Sexton said. “There is an increased demand for these kinds of voyeuristic videos, and there is new technology and enhanced capability to capture people in places where they have an expectation of privacy.”
August 8, 2023
The state also said it has an interest in protecting victims of Covington's crime and in ensuring that anyone who might want to be in a relationship with him in the future has access to accurate information about him, something victim advocates agree with.
"Erasing an offender's name in essence erases a part of history and takes away an important piece of safety planning for victims and for communities," Lyn Schollett, executive director of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, said. "The idea that a murderer can be granted a clean slate simply because they are ready to move on does not erase the impact of these horrific crimes."
August 3, 2023
Amanda Grady Sexton, public affairs director for the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, said allowing a convicted murderer to change their name makes it harder for the public to make thoughtful decisions about who they invite into their homes and lives.
“When a violent offender changes their name, both victims and communities face an added barrier to being informed about the offender’s whereabouts,” she said. “This experience is stressful to victims and dangerous for communities.”
Being aware of an individual’s past offenses is particularly important in cases involving domestic and sexual violence, since such behavior often follows a pattern, she said.
“Domestic violence escalates over time. It’s also the most lethal crime in New Hampshire,” she said. “Most sexual offenders also have multiple victims.”
August 2, 2023
Sexual assault and emotional, physical or financial abuse — the most common crimes against new arrivals to the U.S. — are typically underreported and invisible, according to lawyers who represent the victims.
For those brought to the U.S. by a citizen-spouse, a one-way trip to America can translate to long-term vulnerability. Scared, alone, with a limited ability to speak English or seek outside help, recent immigrants can feel trapped in situations of abuse.
“Immigrant women face a heightened risk of domestic violence. Abusers frequently exploit their partner’s immigration status and use the threat of deportation or arrest as a means of ongoing control,” said Amanda Grady Sexton, public affairs director for the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (NHCADSV).
July 31, 2023