Target: Florida Judge John Hurley
Goal: To convince Judge Hurley and the Florida courts that flowers and dinner at Red Lobster is not a proper sentence for an domestic abuser.
Millions of women across America have experienced brutal violence at the hands of abusers. Florida resident Sonja Bray was shoved by her husband, and then grabbed by the neck and threatened by him. When Bray took him to court, Judge Hurley called the altercation “very, very minor” and proceeded to order Bray’s husband to take her to dinner, buy her flowers, and sign up for marriage counseling. Judge Hurley must be told that domestic violence is a serious offense that deserves a prison sentence, not a date night.
The altercation between Bray and her husband occurred after she said she complained to him about forgetting her birthday. He eventually responded to the altercation with physical violence and was subsequently arrested by police officers. After asking Bray if she would take her husband back, which she agreed to do, Judge Hurley sentenced him to buy her dinner, flowers, and take a trip to marriage counseling.
Despite Bray’s willingness to accept her husband back into her life, abusers and victims often fall into the same patterns. Judge Hurley displayed a severe lack of understanding of domestic abuse when he handed down this so-called sentence.
Those who have experienced the viciousness of domestic abuse know that a night out will not stop an abuser from striking again. As a judge, Hurley should have handed down a fitting sentence for the violence that occurred. By signing the petition below, you will tell Judge Hurley that this sentence is unacceptable and that abusers must face real consequences.
Dear Judge Hurley,
Your recent ruling that let an abuser go free is an affront to victims of domestic violence everywhere. By punishing abuse with a trip to Red Lobster and a bouquet of flowers, you are essentially promoting the idea that violence in the home is a trivial matter and something to take lightly.
Each year, millions of women fall victim to abusers and some women take them back, only to be thrown into the cycle of abuse and victimization again.
It is imperative that you take a stand for victims of domestic violence, and that starts by issuing more appropriate sentences for their abusers. Please commit to taking action immediately.
[Your Name Here]