Domestic violence activist
I am a survivor!
I survived years of domestic violence at the hands of a man who thought it was OK to beat me up and threaten my children.
I survived the corruption of a court system that not only fails to protect women like me but also often scapegoats those of us who have the nerve to dare fight back.
I survived an all-out assault on my reputation by a well-known author who recklessly and shamelessly disregarded the facts of my case to create a sensational and salacious story for the sole purpose of selling more books.
I survived 12 years in the Oregon state women’s penitentiary where I was separated from my young children and mistreated by some prison staff (male and female) that hadn’t taken time to read the truth. Those who had expressed respect and even admiration.
Time after time, my cries for help went unanswered.
Still, I survived … a nightmare most people cannot even imagine. I did it by developing survival skills that can help overcome adversity in almost any situation.
And I am not alone.
Every day women are battered by the men who are supposed to love them. Every year more women die at the hands of their intimate partners than American soldiers die at the hands of enemy combatants. Every day police, prosecutors, judges, legislators, and the media turn a blind eye to domestic abuse, which has become epidemic in this country.
That’s why I am taking a stand and asking you to join me in ending this national disgrace.
To be sure, changing our culture of acceptance of domestic violence is daunting. Changing the paradigm will take resolve, commitment and perseverance. We will have to unite, educate, energize, demand changes and hold batterers – and their enablers – accountable. We will have to work together, fight smart, speak up and speak out at every turn.
It won’t be easy but in the end it will be worth it because the women and children in our lives are worth it.
LIYSA WRITES TWO
GROUNDBREAKING DV LAWS
Liysa with domestic violence legislation she wrote with the help of Dr. Andrew Clark and Louise Bauschard, that passed unanimously in the 2015 legislative session. The laws bring domestic violence education to Oregon schools and require judges to consider evidence of domestic violence in custody cases. The bills were sponsored by Sen. Bill Hansell of Pendleton, and they were signed into law by Governor Kate Brown.
See Liysa's domestic violence speech
Liysa was asked to present her experience as a domestic violence victim and activist at a restorative justice conference hosted by the Oregon Resource Justice Center at Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon.
at Lewis and Clark Law School
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Liysa takes DV crusade to Portland Rotary Club
Liysa speaks to the the Rotary Club of Portland about legislation she is working on to improve Oregon's record on domestic violence and gets a standing ovation for her heart-felt and informative presentation.
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More than one quarter of Oregon women said they've been raped; only Alaska had a higher percentage.
International forum on abused women and children
Domestic violence is a global issue, and surviving victims are scapegoated everywhere. In this interview with Support Women and Children in Nigeria Liysa connects with people from Nigeria, London, Bolivia, Japan in an international forum on this issue.
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Enlightened view of DV in Clackamas County
Melissa Erlbaum, Executive Director of Clackamas Women’s Services, recently did an excellent radio interview about the work her organization is doing with women suffering from domestic and/or sexual abuse. This is a great 20-minute lesson in the issues surrounding domestic violence and is worth hearing.
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VIDEO: 'Lay Down Your Life
- The Cost of Freedom'
A documentary video about the Liysa Northon case was produced in the spring of 2013 by Delphine Criscenzo, a journalism master's student at the University of Oregon. In this documentary film, Criscenzo offers a compelling account of the hoplessness of domestic violence and why legislative changes are needed to protect women from their abusive partners. This film has is receiving growing acclaim among domestic violence reform advocates.
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RADIO: Portland station
helps tell Liysa's story
KBOO, a community radio station, recently interviewed Liysa and Louise Braschard about Liysa's case and their campaign to raise awareness about domestic violence and the legislative changes they are advocating to effect positive changes in Oregon and beyond. This program aired in February, and a followup broadcast aired in August. We applaud KBOO's interest in this subject and encourage other media to also get involved.
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Click on the KBOO logo below to hear the February 2013 broadcast ...
Oregon has nation's second worst
record of violence against women
An exhaustive government survey of rape and domestic violence released in December of 2011 affirmed that sexual violence against women remains epidemic in the United States and in some instances may be far more common than previously thought.
The federal study indicates that rape and other problems are even more prevalent in Oregon than most states.
More than 27 percent of women in Oregon said they had been raped at some point in their lives, and nearly 57 percent said they had experienced another form of sexual violence.Read more
Ann Rule book:
My Children's First
Yoga on the Inside
Voices Set Free
Battered Woman's Syndrome
National Clearinghouse for Defense of Battered Women
7 CRIMES THAT DESERVE TO BE RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES
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ANN RULE'S LAWSUIT AGAINST RICK SWART THROWN OUT OF COURT
ANN RULE LOSES TO RICK SWART
JUDGE TOSSES ANN RULE LAWSUIT, FINES HER $10,000
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THE STORY WALLOWA COUNTY CHIEFTAIN REFUSED TO PRINT
SUNDAY OREGONIAN'S FRONT PAGE FEATURE
Mahatma Ghandi, who is known as the father of non-violence, when asked if faced with a situation of protecting a loved one with violence or remaining passive he said without hesitation you must us violence to protect a loved one because cowardice and standing idly by is a far greater sin than protecting what you love.
Ghandi have done?