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Friday, May 28, 2010
Help pass the Strangulation Prevention Act of 2010. Legislative session is almost over
Help the National Organization for Women-New York State pass the Strangulation Prevention Act of 2010. Legislative session is almost over. Take a few minutes to call or email key people in the NYS Legislature. With your help, we can do it!
Help NOW-New York State Pass the Strangulation Prevention Act of 2010
Did you know choking/strangulation is not necessarily a crime in New York State?
1. Choking is often more dangerous than punching, shoving and other kinds of abuse.
2. If an attacker applies 11 pounds of pressure for just 10 seconds, the victim can become unconscious. With greater pressure, death can occur within minutes. And even after the attacker lets up, a victim can collapse and die hours or even days later because of underlying damage to the neck, or to the brain due to lack of oxygen.
3. Ten percent of violent deaths in the United States are strangulations.
4. With no visible signs, strangulations is not charged as a crime.
5. A 2008 study of 310 homicides in 11 American cities, published in The Journal of Emergency Medicine, found that 43 percent of women who were murdered by intimate partners had experienced at least one episode of choking before their killing.
Join the National Organization for Women-New York State push to for much needed legislation that will address this problem. New York State Eric Schneiderman has introduced legislation that would criminalize chocking and suffocation in our state. The law would provide for severe penalties: intentional chocking and suffocation into unconsciousness would be considered a violent felony. The bill number is A-10161/S-6987 known as the "Strangulation Prevention act of 2010."
Three key people that need to hear from you:
Assemblymember Helene Weinstein(Chair of Assembly Judicary Committee) at 518-455-5462 or 718-648-4700
Assemblymember Joseph Lentol (Chair of Assembly Codes Committee) at 518-455-4477 or 718-383-7474
State Senator Eric Schneiderman (Chair of Senate Judiciary Committee) at 518-455-2041 or 212-544-0173
After you have made a call to the three key people above, please contact your NYS Senator and tell her/him that we must penalize those criminals who would choke or strangle another individual. Take Action NOW!