Started by LSBeene, Jun 09, 2005, 01:54 PM
Woman Gets Fiance's AttentionSUDBURY, ONTARIO-June 8, 2005 -- Allyson Lace will have to serve 30 more days in jail for grabbing her fiance where it hurts. Prosecutors in Sudbury, Ontario, charge Lace and her fiance got into an argument. After kicking, punching and scratching him, prosecutors say she grabbed him by the testicles. According to authorities, the fiance had to whack Lace over the head with his arm cast to make her let go. Police say the woman also kicked the inside of a police cruiser and struck an officer in the eye. She's pleaded guilty to a number of charges, after being jailed since the May Tenth incident. The judge sentenced Lace to an additional 30 days behind bars. Before being led out of the courtroom, Lace turned to her victim and mouthed, "It's over, goodbye."
I'm writing a letter tonight to get their attention.
IMO she got the jail only because of hitting the cop.
She's pleaded guilty to a number of charges
I am writing you in regards to your piece:"Woman Gets Fiance's Attention"Web link:http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/news/06082005_bb_ouch.htmlI was appalled and saddened to read your light hearted and dismissive tone in this story.In your story Allyson Lace committed a brutal and viscious case of DOMESTIC VIOLENCE against her fiancee. But I didn't see any mention of the word domestic violence in your reporting.This woman then went on to commit a felony attack on the police officers who came to her fiancees rescue, even going so far as to try to BLIND one of the officers.I saw no depth in your story at all. No questioning of the DV victim, no reporting from a DV victim's advocate, and no digging into her past to see if she had done this previously.It is often true that people who commit this level of DV have escalated their violence over time to get to this level of brutality.Domestic violence against men is not a joke, is not fodder for light hearted reporting, and this kind of story is EXACTLY why men who are the victims of this brutality don't feel comfortable reporting it.Would you have written this piece the same way if a man had repeatedly kicked, scratched, and brutalized his fisancee.Would you have written a title "Man gets fiancee's attention" if a man had repeatedly savagely kicked a woman's vaginal area and then when the police arrived that the man had then tried to blind the officers?And I notice that in the piece the woman mouthed:"It's over, goodbye." Normally a woman who is so assaulted gets an automatic restraining order. But in your story Allyson Lace had no such fear of breaking a restraining order as I am betting none was ISSUED.THAT is newsworthy, as is that she got a paltry 30 days, is NOT required to attend a DV program, nor is she facing serious time.Often when stories like this are reported when a MAN is the attacker we hear some DV advocate speak out about the prevelence of violence in homes.Could your "hard hitting investigating" reporters not find ONE men's advocate?! Could they not take a story like this just a BIT seriously?VAWA is up for renewal this year, and the language and articles of this sexist and one sided bill make it seem like violence against men is a "non-issue". Your reorting reinforces that thinking.Consider this: this woman just got a pass on her violence. Suppose she has children. Do you think her brutality will just be confined to her husband. Or that this fluff reporting or the lame sentence she got will deter her from committing MORE violence!?You should be ashamed of yourselves and of the message you are sending.This woman will batter again. Next time someone could end up dead, or maimed, or it may be her children who are the target.Not taking this seriously is exactly why she feels entitled to commit this violence.L. Steven Beene II
I (I believe politely) pointed out that local stations can add commentary, do more background, and ask experts to comment on a story.
If it were a man, he'd be charged with the assualt on the police officer, the domestic violence, and probably aggravated sexual assault or something. I don't know for sure what sentences each might carry but I'd imagine that would add up to significant jail time...probably measurable in years, no?