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Union Leader July 25, 2019
“Batterers who are capable of committing the ultimate act of domestic violence often demonstrate a documented pattern of abuse and early intervention in these cases is critical,” said Amanda Grady Sexton, director of public affairs for the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.
Union Leader July 25, 2019
Describing the allegations as “shocking,” Madison Lightfoot of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence said the children at the Sununu Center are among “the most vulnerable populations in the state ... and we are deeply disturbed by these indictments.”
Lightfoot added, “Most children ordered to youth detention centers have experienced trauma in their childhood, and the more trauma a child experiences, the more vulnerable they become to future victimization.’’
Concord Monitor July 25, 2019
“The children entrusted in the care of the Sununu Youth Services Center are among the most vulnerable populations in the State of New Hampshire, and we are deeply disturbed by these indictments,” said Amanda Grady Sexton, the coalition’s director of public affairs.
Authorities encourage anyone who was physically or sexually assaulted to contact their local crisis center. Crisis center advocates are available 24/7 to provide free and confidential support through the statewide sexual assault hotline at 1-800-277-5570.
Concord Monitor July 22, 2019
Dozens of people wrote on the coalition’s Facebook posts that they had called ABC or written letters to voice their concerns about the upcoming interview and request that it be canceled indefinitely.
The Prouts and the coalition said airing the interview would contribute to a culture that silences victims and minimizes convicted perpetrators’ crimes.
“Sexual assault is already one of the most underreported crimes in our society,” said Amanda Grady Sexton, the coalition’s director of public affairs. “Airing this interview sends the message to victims that even after you find the strength to come forward, endure the criminal justice process and justice is finally served, the convicted predator will still be celebrated, valued and given the opportunity to discredit your experience.”
Union Leader July 22, 2019
According to the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, the GMA interview had been slated for last Wednesday but did not air after the organization launched a social media effort the previous evening.
“Airing this interview sends the message to victims that even after you find the strength to come forward, endure the criminal justice process and justice is finally served, the convicted predator will still be celebrated, valued and given the opportunity to discredit your experience,” Amanda Grady Sexton, the coalition’s director of public affairs, wrote on Facebook.
Valley News July 22, 2019
The New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence kicked-off its social media campaign last week, the morning after ABC teased the interview with Labrie during a commercial break of its prime-time dating show The Bachelorette.
“Why is ABC giving convicted rapist Owen Labrie a platform to claim his innocence? As the judge in his case stated, Owen is ‘a very good liar.’ As Owen stated himself: ‘you deny until you die.’ #MeToo #NOMORE #OwenLabrie #IHaveARightTo,” a portion of the coalition’s tweet read.
Concord Monitor July 2, 2019
"When we use words that are less strong than what would accurately describe domestic violence, we trivialize the crime. Striking a woman and preventing her from leaving is not a trivial crime. It is domestic violence."
WMUR June 27, 2019
On July 8 at 10:30 a.m., Gillibrand will attend a roundtable discussion with members of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence at the University of New Hampshire Law School in Concord.
O’Leary murdered Treasure not long after Treasure had broken off their relationship. That’s an unfortunate and all-too-common reality, according to Madison Lightfoot of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. She said statistics show approximately 75% of female homicide victims are killed while either trying to leave an abuser or shortly after they leave, making it the most dangerous time for victims of abuse.
It’s one of the many reasons, Lightfoot said, that expanding access to resources and increasing prevention efforts are imperative. Particularly when paired with statistics that indicate the state’s crisis centers served a combined total of more than 15,000 adult and child victims of sexual, domestic and dating violence last year, and the fact 1 in 4 New Hampshire women have been sexually assaulted. Additional statistics can be found on the coalition’s website at nhcadsv.org/statistics-and-research.
“We all have a role to play in keeping our community safe and shining a light on the dangerous realities of domestic and sexual violence,” Lightfoot said. “We encourage all Granite Staters to reach out to local crisis centers to see how they play a role or educate themselves on the red flags to look out for.”
Concord Monitor June 8, 2019
“There is never a scenario in which a high school teacher should be engaging in any sexual contact with their student, regardless of their age,” Amanda Grady Sexton, director of public affairs for the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and a Concord city councilor, said in a statement.
“Every high school in N.H. should have a policy to address this type of abuse of power,” Grady Sexton added. “Any teacher found to be violating the law or school policies in this area should raise a red flag for the administration who should immediately refer the incident to law enforcement for investigation.”