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TACOMA: Many victims owe safety to Fortson

Letter by Judie Fortier, Tacoma on July 12, 2010 at 1:54 pm with 3 Comments »
July 13, 2010 9:02 am

When you think of domestic violence services to victims, one quickly thinks of China Fortson. She has dedicated her life working on behalf of victims and their families. She is a sought-after speaker who has trained the faith community, social service and criminal justice programs nationally to identify and support victims of domestic violence.

To see her integrity questioned in the front page of your newspaper (7-11) is a sad day in the long history of advocacy services in the City of Tacoma.

As a former staff to the city’s Domestic Violence Task Force, I am fully aware of the years of work that has gone into guaranteeing victim confidentiality and safety in the work of all city employees. The confidentiality rules of victim service advocates are codified in state law, and advocates like Fortson are licensed and receive training in the protection of victims.

She has done an admirable job for the City of Tacoma and has my support. Countless victims and their children have been saved by her dedicated work.

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  1. lovethemountains says:

    China Fortson may be a very good advocate for victims of domestic violence but she is no different than any other public employee who must adhere to the rules. If she has in fact misspent public funds, no matter how good she may be at helping those in need, she must be held accountable. No public employee can make up their own rules in pursuit of their goals or the goals of the agency.

  2. edasterisk says:

    how many fathers have stayed in abusive relationships, marriages because they know if they left it would leave, the children in an abusive home , knowing they would not get a fair day in court, because of propganda that only women are victims and only men are abusers. regardless of the studies and science. erin pizzy ,gelles , straus all leaders in the dv field have been written out of the books on dv because they state dv is not based on gender. recently a new legal term the dv advocates use is victims defendant a woman aressted for dv and claims they are a victim. how much city money is used for services for men victims of dv what about equal protection under the law.

  3. When all of this came out, there was one name my heart sought for clarity – I was wishing I knew what Judie Fortier thought. Now I know. Who else has the guts to stand up publicly and say something postive when China needs to hear it most? I WANT to stand up for China just because I detest mobs and the smell of barrels of burning tar… but I just don’t understand enough of the details.

    Judie you are a true independent and one of my wanna-be-like’s.

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