Mr. Speaker, there are families in America where assault, violence and terror at home are a way of life.
Yvette Cade got a restraining order against her abusivehusband, a man that she daily and dreadfully feared. But a Virginiajudge lifted that protective order when her husband, Roger Hargrave,promised he would seek counseling.
Soon after the order was lifted, Yvette went off to her jobat a T-Mobile store. Her husband later walked in the store, doused herwith gasoline and set her on fire. A customer boldly put out the firethat resulted in third-degree burns over 60 percent of Yvette's body.
That was 4 years ago. Yvette, a survivor, has spent 92 daysin the hospital and she has had 14 surgeries. She lives in dailyturmoil and pain, pain inflicted on her by her worthless, wretchedhusband.
Mr. Speaker, October is National Domestic ViolenceAwareness Month. Brutality at home cannot remain a dark secret anylonger. Domestic violence is a national health care issue; a crime anda scourging plague on a nation's culture.And that's just the way it is.
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