This is an article I found interesting while surfing the web. I do warn you however, IT COULD BE VERY TRIGGERING. It's about a nine year old girl who went through something that no child should EVER have to go through. Please, proceed with caution.
An article I though you all could appreciate, published through the ACLU's newsletter. At long last, an international tribunal will be overseeing the complaints against the US government for not enforcing the laws governing the provision of full protection offered by restraining orders.
Domestic Violence Case Goes to International Tribunal
Domestic violence victims have the right to be protected by the state from the violent acts of their abusers, according to a recent suit filed by the ACLU. The petition, the first of its kind, was filed with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on behalf of Jessica Gonzales, the mother of three girls killed by her estranged husband,whose domestic violence protection claims were rejected by the U.S.Supreme Court.
Last June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against Gonzales when it found that the Constitution does not recognize an entitlement by domestic violence victims to enforcement of their protective orders.
Gonzales is a Colorado woman whose three children were brutally murdered by her estranged husband when local police refused to enforce her restraining order. She repeatedly called the police, telling them of her fears for the safety of her daughters and guiding them to the girls' location. The police failed to respond and several hours later all three children were shot and killed by their father, the abductor,against whom Gonzales had a restraining order.
The ACLU said that its concern is not limited to the specific Gonzales case. It extends more broadly to all victims of domestic violence who are not adequately protected by law enforcement. This case is the first individual complaint against the United States brought before any international human rights body for the violation of the rights of victims of domestic violence.