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Is There Any Justice For Women Victims Of Abuse In Our Justice System?

May 28, 2011

 

On February 4th I was physically assaulted by Daniel Blank of Deerfield IL, my former fiance and owner of Funtastic Gymnastic INC, a business offering therapy for kids with special needs. As a result he was arrested and spent the night in jail on charges of domestic battery. I was to appear yesterday not only as the victim but as the prosecution's witness in the 19th Judicial Circuit Court in Waukegan presided by Judge Mark Levitt. When I arrived I was told by the prosecutor that Daniel Blank refused the plea bargain consisting of a small fine and a year of supervision- One would assume it would be mandatory for a man with such volatile a temperament- I was told I could not bring up any of the former recorded complaints I made to the Northbrook police for threats to my life he made last year since I had dismissed the charges. I was told under no circumstance I was to mention the injuries I am suffering from as a result of the assault that took place on 2/4/11 such as the 2 tears in the shoulder rotator cuff that are causing extreem pain and distress nor was I allowed to show MRI's nor the physician report mentioning the possible surgery I may have to go through. I was told I would need to testify as a witness to the prosecution; it felt more like an interrogatory from Daniel's attorney and then I was told to leave.

I wasn't aloud to hear the testimony of the policeman who arrested him on February 4th and who had brought the pictures (of the marks Daniel left on my arm and neck as a result of the assault) with him. I also was not allowed to hear the judge give his decision. I was told the prosecutor would be able to bring up the resulting injuries in the sentencing only if he won his case.

 

Well after I left the court I received a phone call by the prosecutor that "we" lost! The judge apparently could not decide whom to believe! No doubt Daniel left with the same smile he flashed at me as I left the court. Not even a slap on the wrist, not even a donation to a women shelter and no supervision for a man who's business is dealing with special needs kids! I guess the physician's report and MRI's could not help the judge make up his mind since I wasn't allowed to bring it up at the trial! Is that making sense? Nor did the pictures (of the marks left on my arm and neck) brought by the Deerfield policeman were enough either to help the judge make up his mind to at least give this man a fine and some supervisory activities and last but not least keep the restraining order in place! The judge must feel the original restraining order issued with a $10.000.00 bond isn't needed anymore to keep this violent man from coming close to me again even though he had threatened my life more than once. But how could the judge know that since I wasn't allowed to bring it up in court?

 

This created a lot of psychic pain. Not only did I suffer verbal and emotional abuse for years and then physical abuse as well last February but today was yet another emotional blow to me: For some reason the lack of aknowledgment from the court of my pain and suffering by letting him go without any repercussion for his actions is painfully cathartic to me. The lack of support from the judge who did not even extended the restraining order so I can be safe causes a lot of pain and fear for me. This is where I can't help but ask myself and everyone else: Is there any justice for abused women in our justice system anymore?

 

I would welcome any supportive comments as I am experiencing a very difficult time dealing with this right now.

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