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Susan Still, is a Women’s Rights Activist who speaks on behalf of those whose lives have been impacted by domestic violence. Ms. Still is a survivor of 24 years of emotional, mental, and physical abuse by her former husband. Their case is unique, as in December 2004 Justice John F. O’Donnell handed Mr. Still a 36 year sentence, landmark for New York State, as the longest sentence given for the crime of domestic violence where the victim survived. He was convicted of six counts of assault in the second degree, six counts of assault in the third degree, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Instrumental in the conviction was a videotape he had one of their children film while he was abusing her. Susan appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and 20/20 with Diane Sawyer, to bring awareness to domestic violence and its effects on families. She speaks at conferences nationwide to law enforcement, attorneys, and judges on the criminal justice response and travels to businesses speaking on the effects domestic violence has on the workplace and what employers can do to help. Susan participates in trainings for law enforcement, and crime victim advocates and has spoken at youth conferences about the warning signs, and the importance of breaking free of abusive relationships.
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