COLUMBUS – State Representative Laura Lanese (R-Grove City) today recognizes October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM).
“It’s so important that we recognize this importance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and remember the many victims who have lost their lives to domestic violence,” said Lanese.
Earlier this month, Lanese received the Leadership in Policy Award from the Ohio Domestic Violence Network (ODVN) for her role in helping end domestic violence in the state. Lanese was an advocate for securing the $7.5 million to ODVN in operational support from the state budget, an increase of over $2 million from last budget cycle.
In addition to budget support, Lanese is a joint sponsor of House Bill 121, legislation to eliminate Ohio’s spousal exemption for sex offenses. H.B. 121 eliminates all exceptions to the following sex offenses that currently apply if the person subjected to the prohibited conduct is the offender's spouse: rape, sexual battery, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, gross sexual imposition and sexual imposition.
“Statistically, it is reported that up to 10% of sexual assaults occur within the confines of marriage, and if there is domestic violence present the number can go as high as 70%,” said Lanese. “This legislature should not continue to turn its back on Ohio’s sexual assault victims.”
Lanese also noted her support for House Bill 3, Aisha’s Law, which creates a continuum of protections for victims of domestic violence and aims to prevent these tragedies from occurring.
“As a legislator, fighting for the safety of Ohioans is one of my top priorities, and I will always continue to advocate for domestic violence victims in Ohio,” said Lanese.