Expecting “The System” to Protect You Is a Losing Proposition

JusticeBecause in the case of domestic violence, The System doesn’t give a damn about you. Kill or be killed shouldn’t be only option for battered women: Andrea Simakis.

He broke into the house where she was staying. He was armed with a .380 ACP pistol. He was charged with various things. The judge gave him a $1000 fine, but suspended it and gave him probation. As if that was going to stop him from doing anything.

“Tell me who walks into a bank and holds a gun on people and walks out with probation?” asks Nancy Grigsby, director of the Ohio Domestic Violence Network’s Legal Assistance Program. “Nobody does! What we’re saying is, when you do this to women and when you do this your family, it’s a different crime for some reason.

“Courts set community norms,” she continues. “And they tell everybody – the kids in that house, the survivor and the perpetrator – what is normal and acceptable in Cleveland.”

Light sentences tell abusers that nothing they’ve done is so terrible to merit imprisonment – or even a fine.

Now complaining about the state of reality is fine. (I do it all the time.) But wishing won’t make things change, and actually changing The System will take time, if it ever happens. (I have been writing about stories like this one since I started blogging in 2004.) Sure, work for change, but in the meantime recognize the state of reality and make your plans accordingly.

In the case of this story, unlike so many others, the bad guy is dead, and his intended victim alive. Not a happy ending, but not the tragedy I read about all too often. More often than I put in this blog, because even when women protect themselves, they often end up charged. Because the other thing The System doesn’t care about is Justice.

Of 91 domestic violence fatalities in Ohio from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, 42 were women killed by abusive men. Three more female victims were also tracked – two girls, aged 4 and 1 — and the adult step-daughter of a batterer who got in the way.

Three cops lost their lives in the same year, trying to help.

Twenty-two batterers killed themselves. A handful of others were killed by those coming to a woman’s aid

Five of the dead men were killed by women the Ohio Domestic Violence Network’s Family Systems Advocacy Director Jo Simonsen believes were likely acting in self-defense. One woman was not charged. The rest are awaiting trial or have been sentenced to long prison terms, including a teen in Lima who claimed she’d killed her sex trafficker. She’s doing 10 years. A Cleveland woman got 18 years to life.

Still, would you rather be dead?

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Expecting “The System” To Protect You Is a Losing Proposition

You have to protect yourself. College track star warned police about her ex-boyfriend 6 times in the 10 days before he killed her.

Women who are in abusive relationships, or relationships they fear will become abusive, are often told to reach out for help to prevent things from progressing further. Lauren McCluskey, a track athlete at the University of Utah who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend on October 22, 2018, did just that.

She alerted the campus police. She showed them threatening text messages from her ex, told them about his criminal record, which she found out about a month into their relationship.

“College students don’t need to protect themselves.” – The Left.

A gun may not have protected this woman. “There are no guarantees in this life save for death and next winter’s snow.” But expecting the police, or “The System” to protect you has been shown over and over to be a false hope. Cops have no duty to protect you. Even if you get a court order of protection, the cops still have no duty to protect you. You have to protect yourself. Of course on a college campus, this woman was disarmed – ironically, the Left did that for her own protection. (Maybe the University of Utah should put up bigger signs saying “No Crime Allowed on Campus.” Or something.)

Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Florida Self-defense Style

Floridians are nearly as heavily armed as Texans. Neighbor shoots domestic violence suspect who barged into home, Pasco deputies say.

After (or during) a “domestic dispute” she ran next door to a neighbor’s house to call 911. He followed. He was asked to leave by the neighbor. He didn’t leave.

“Brian Scruggs, the homeowner, confronted William and asked him to leave multiple times, at which point Brian defended himself by shooting William,” sheriff’s office spokesperson Benecia Holder wrote in an email.

William Rogers died at the scene, law enforcement said.

Self-defense is a human-right, and it works. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

People You Know Can Be a Threat

The gun-hating Left loves to say that a gun is likely to kill someone you know. And they say that like it’s a bad thing. Metairie woman fatally shot Tulane law student husband in self-defense against abuse, JPSO says.

A woman fatally shot her husband as he beat her and tried to strangle her in a Metairie home Friday, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said Saturday. Investigators did not book her with a crime after questioning her.

They didn’t arrest her because she could provide “a detailed and well-documented history of physical and psychological abuse,” and they were convinced.

Self-defense is a human-right, even if you are defending yourself from someone you know.

The “How Dare You Live Without Me” Attitude Never Works

It seems self-defense is legal in Ohio. (But then I thought it was.) Woman shot West Portsmouth man in apparent self-defense, Scioto County sheriff says.

The restraining order expired in September. He should have considered it to be permanent.

The woman caller told a Scioto County Sheriff’s 911 dispatcher Thursday afternoon that she shot a man who had been trying to break into her Blue Creek area home.

He had been convicted of “domestic threat” – a misdemeanor – in March. The restraining order was for July through September. She was wise to arm herself.

Self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

Self-defense is Legal in Florida

But you knew that it was. And neighbors were shocked. Sheriff: Woman shoots, kills boyfriend in self defense.

He probably thought he was choking her because he loved her so much. Idiot.

The victim could be heard on 911 asking for an ambulance and telling the operator her boyfriend was coming at her with a big rock and tried to throw it at her head. She then told the operator she had a conceal-carry permit and had shot him in the chest.

The neighbors? They’re shocked because it is an over-55 community. (No youngsters allowed!) As if that would mean you don’t live in the Real World™.

The sheriff and the state’s attorney both agree that this was self-defense.

“This clearly appears to be, to us, a clear case of self-defense. Stand your ground is a defense that the shooter has to raise, we don’t raise it for the individual who did the shooting. So, If your question to me is, does it look like a Stand Your Ground, I would say that if she raises that as a defense, it would be a good one,” [Martin County Sheriff William] Snyder said.

Self-defense is a human-right.

He Put Her In the Hospital. Then He Got a Job With the City of Cleveland

Putting your faith in “The System” to guarantee your protection is little more than wishful thinking. Action, not condolences, the way to honor Aisha Fraser: Andrea Simakis.

CLEVELAND, Ohio – After Lance Mason got out of prison for choking and biting and hammering his wife Aisha Fraser in the face, he was hired by City Hall.

And Aisha? She drew up a will.

He “served nine months of a two year sentence for attempted felonious assault even though there was nothing attempted about it.” Her injuries were severe enough to require reconstructive surgery, and she suffered nerve damage. This is who the mayor of Cleveland thought was a guy who should work in city hall.

The politician who “gave him a 2nd chance,” the Mayor of Cleveland, is shocked to discover that abusive husbands will often kill their estranged wives, even in the face of restraining orders.

Mayor Frank Jackson told the cameras that no one could have predicted that Mason would be arrested for killing his estranged wife.

“Spin” doesn’t begin to cover it. Or maybe the Mayor of Cleveland is just completely clueless. (Are you lying, or are you just stupid Mayor Jackson?) Mayor Jackson isn’t responsible for this death; he’s only responsible for being an idiot.

A gun may not have saved this woman. “There are no guarantees in this life save for death and next Winter’s snow.” But “The System” seemed determined to ignore what this man had done. “If you make something less expensive, you will see more of it.” And so, since he had little punishment for severely injuring her, he killed her. Not exactly unexpected.