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Lt. Gov. candidate Betty Sutton suffered domestic violence. Now she’s proposing new resources for victims

August 29, 2018

Lt. Gov. candidate Betty Sutton suffered domestic violence. Now she’s proposing new resources for victims

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Democratic Lt. Gov. candidate Betty Sutton said Tuesday she survived domestic violence, and proposed plans to help women and children suffering abuse.

Sutton -- the running mate of gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray -- said at a Violence Against Women roundtable Tuesday that her ex-husband abused her in the early 1990s.

The former state representative and U.S. congresswoman said she was “grabbed, pushed, picked up, thrown down, punched in the back of the head and threatened,” the Associated Press reported.

The incident lead to an arrest, and the man pleaded no contest. The Associated Press was unable to reach him for comment.

Sutton said she hoped sharing story would encourage other survivors to speak out about their experiences.

Her goal is to increase resources to women and children suffering from trauma, and make it simpler to report sexual harassment. That includes:

creating a state office to end workplace sexual harrassmentmaking it easier to report harrassment safely and confidentiallyexpanding resources to help women and children through trauma

One in four American women have experienced serious domestic abuse by an intimate partner, according to the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

In Ohio, at least 90 adults and 11 children died due to domestic violence between June 2015 and July 2016, according to the Ohio Domestic Violence Network.

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