Don’t Punish Victims for Reporting Domestic Violence

Target: James White, Mayor of Maplewood, Missouri

Goal: Demand the repeal of a law that evicts domestic violence victims who call law enforcement more than twice in 180 days.

Domestic violence victims who call law enforcement more than twice in a 180-day period are being evicted by their landlords due to a new city ordinance. This nuisance ordinance puts live at risk and deters reporting of crime. Take a stand against domestic violence and demand the immediate repeal of this harmful law.

“I thought calling 911 would help stop the domestic violence, but instead Maplewood punished me,” stated Rosetta Watson, a former Maplewood resident. The ACLU reported that Watson made several phone calls to police when she was abused by her boyfriend. Due to the nuisance law, she was evicted. Once settled in another city, Watson was reportedly stabbed by her boyfriend and did not try to call the police.

Watson is the second person to file a lawsuit against the city of Maplewood for its nuisance ordinance. Sign below and demand the immediate repeal of this law.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mayor White,

Maplewood’s nuisance law threatens to evict victims of domestic violence who seek out the assistance of law enforcement. This deters victims from calling the police, putting their lives at risk. We demand the immediate repeal of this dangerous law.

“Laws like this are not only unconstitutional — they silence crime victims, empower abusers to act with impunity, and jeopardize community safety,” stated Sandra Park, staff attorney with the ACLU Women’s Rights Project. Park and her colleagues are working with local domestic violence victims who have been evicted or suffered in silence in order to abolish this ordinance and save lives.

Nuisance ordinances encourage silence in the face of violence and cannot be condoned. We demand the immediate repeal of this dangerous law.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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5 Comments

  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    no more punishments for the victims. punishment fits the crime.

  2. This law is callous, cruel and discriminatory, blaming the victims and putting victims at serious risk, while enabling and encouraging violent abusers. This law is also extremely bizarre – with the punishment being eviction from their homes. What the…?!?
    I sincerely hope the lawsuits against the city of Maplewood are successful, and also, that the inventors of this horrible and strange law be removed from their positions.

  3. Selena Brooks says:

    This is the most ” ASININE ” law I ever heard of. WTF are domestic violence victims to do? and since some law enforcement are unsympathetic to these situations abusers can get away from punishment. JUST PLAIN STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. How in the world are reports of violence/attack classified as a “nuisance” (def. “an inconvenience, annoyance, pest,” etc.)in the first place?!?!?! In effect, they’re saying the victims are ANNOYING, INCONVENIENT PESTS for reporting actual CRIMES committed against another person!!! WTF is wrong with their brains???? CLEARLY, in Maplewood, they are out to ENCOURAGE violent acts perpetrated against others…and as in most situations of this nature, that most often means WOMEN &/or CHILDREN!!! Their sorry asses should be sued into oblivion!!!!!

  5. Are you effing kidding…THIS IS WHY PEOPLE DIE, bc the abuser has more rights than the victim!! What kind of human beings made this ridiculous law?? If it was your daughter,mother, sister, etc, would you want them harmed and unable to call policed for help?? Sick bastards. Change this law!!

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