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Friday, February 10, 2012

Domestic Violence Billboard Featuring Mirkarimi Quote to Go Up Next Week

Posted By on Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Tell that Ross!
  • Tell that Ross!

When Ross Mirkarimi was elected sheriff, he had ambitious plans to influence the criminal justice system, although this billboard to the right probably isn't what he had in mind.

However, after being charged with battery, endangering a child, and dissuading a witness, La Casa de las Madres, a San Francisco-based domestic violence victim

shelter, is attempting to make an example out of the sheriff. The organization is trying to raise enough money to plaster a billboard in front of the Hall of Justice that references Mirkarimi's disturbing quote about his own domestic violence charges.

Here's what the billboard will say: "Domestic Violence is NEVER a private matter. If you need help, call (877) 503-1850."

As readers might recall, Mirkarimi shocked everyone when he publicly stated that allegations he physically abused his wife, Eliana Lopez, were nothing more than a "private matter, a family matter."

According to Kathy Black, La Casa's executive director, the billboard is an attempt to remind Mirkarimi -- and everyone else for that matter -- that domestic violence is no "private matter."

"This is a real learning moment for all of us," Black said. "We can't lose sight of the fact that our priority is helping victims and stopping abuse. This campaign is intended to reassure victims of domestic violence here in San Francisco. There are thousands of victims out there right now, living in fear and in need of help. Our job as a city is to make sure they know we have a safe place for them."

The organization is asking for your donation to help fund the billboard, which will cost $4,000. You can donate here.

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