JUSTICE FOR REBEKAH
had escaped a marriage riddled with domestic violence. A Standing Order of No Contact was in place. Fleeing from the marital home in Superior, MT to Missoula, MT, they were picking up the pieces of their life to start anew. The only obstacle Rebekah thought she had to tackle was waiting Montana's 180 day separation requirement before filing for divorce. That's until she was lured back to Superior on July 20, 2021, to pick up the last of her personal belongings at a local Town Pump through a 3rd party caretaker to her estranged husband. This was the last time anyone saw Rebekah and Cerberus. Manipulated theories were conjured by the local Sheriff's Department after finding Rebekah's vehicle and some personal items at a high traffic local recreation spot, Alberton Climbing Rock, Alberton, MT. Law Enforcement supposed she had gone to this area to play with her dog, her dog became distressed in the water, and Rebekah went in after him...both drowning. The problem with this theory is nobody saw Rebekah and Cerberus at this high traffic recreation spot on that hot summer day. This tragic nightmare has so many unbelievable twists and turns you'd think it was a made for television mini series. But it's not. It's real life trauma to Rebekah's family.
Rebekah Grace Rose Barsotti your story has, is, and will continue to change lives. Rebekah's Legacy will endeavor to change Montana laws and eventually national laws regarding how government treats Domestic Violence Victims that become Missing Persons. We will seek an escape clause for victims of Domestic Violence, eliminating any required waiting period to file for divorce. You will be remembered. People will know your name.
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Statistics from the National Coalition against Domestic Violence: 1 in 3 women & 1 in 4 men will experience DV in their lifetimes. As of 2014 19.3 million vs. 5.1million. 1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked by an intimate partner. On a typical day over 20,000 calls are made to DV hotlines across the country (approx. 15 calls/minute). 72% of all murder-suicides are perpetrated by intimate partners 94% of murder-suicide victims are female. Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women ages 15-44 in the United States. 37% of all women who sought care in hospital emergency rooms for violence-related injuries were injured by a current or former spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend. According to a report presented to the Senate Judiciary Committee, 50% of all homeless women and children in this country are fleeing domestic violence. It is estimated that approximately 25% of people in same-sex relationships experience violence by an intimate partner. Intimate Partner Violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime. The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%.
Statistics from the MT DOJ Domestic Violence Fatality Review Commission 2019 (most recent report): Since 2000 there have been 200 deaths resulting from intimate partner violence (as of December 31, 2018). Native Americans are victims of intimate partner homicide at an elevated rate; while constituting approximately 7% of the state’s population, they make up 15% of intimate partner deaths and 11% of intimate partner victims. Native American women endure higher levels of sexual and domestic violence as compared to their non-Indian peers. A DOJ study found that Native women are 2.5 times more likely to be raped or sexually assaulted. From the YWCA Missoula: During the 2021 fiscal year YWCA Pathways served 1,858 women, men and children, through Crisis Line, Walk-In Center, and Shelter. Compared to 2020 fiscal year, 1,556.
Your story has, is, and will continue to change lives. You will be remembered. People will know your name.
Lauren, you and Angela have saved my mothers life. She has been in an abusive marriage for 3 years. He used to punch her. I finally got her away Friday.
I have her in He has guns. I have explained to her that this is the most vulnerable time for her. My brother in law with backup will retrieve the rest of her things. She will not be returning to but going from to a new life.
I have learned so much from the Rebekah story from you. That is the only way I would've known how to help.
She will always be remembered, and her case helped move me to save my own life. Her legacy and fighting for her and change will be something I hold close to my heart.
DV Awareness and the justice system changing is something that I want for so many more.
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