Courts need to talk to victims | Letter

Jun 19, 2014

Editor, The Beacon:

After three violent attacks in 1979, 1982 and Nov. 22, 2013, I had him arrested [“Coordinator strives to curb domestic violence,” The Beacon, page 1, June 5].

On Nov. 22, he tore the stitches out of my heart device in my chest. On his third court date in Edmonds (which I was not allowed to attend), the prosecutor dropped all charges.

I want to know on what premises they were dropped. Probably the lies the abuser told her.

I am facing a $100,000 surgery if the cardiologist decides to do so.

They say abusers make good salesmen.

To Everett I go to get another restraining order, which a judge had the abuser served that day and could not understand why charges were dropped.

After seven trips to the court in Everett, a female commissioner on the bench dropped all domestic violence and restraining order after I showed her the damage done to chest along with the medical report from the cardiology department.

He had threatened me before with killing me. Also, I was told never to tell anyone what goes on in this house.

Now you see there is nothing to protect these victims, so they stay in these volatile relationships. I have been told repeatedly the judicial system is always going to protect the abuser.

One of the 25 domestic violence agencies (who did nothing) told me they are always going to protect the abusers.

I got out even though he depleted all my financial resources. I had to sell practically everything to get out.

I have too much pride to absorb this humiliation and at 74 years old, this was not easy.

Nothing is going to happen until the courts start talking to the victims.

Sandra Moppins

Edmonds

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