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But I Accidentally Slashed Her Face

I remember the [brief] uproar that was created when this New York Senator Hiram Monserrate was accused of slashing his girlfriend's face--and yet, he was still sworn in. The women's groups were heated, and yet, I didn't hear any other groups say a damn thing.

Well, now, Senator is getting payback.

(emphasis mine)

NY state senator indicted, accused of assault


NEW YORK – A freshman state senator sworn in to office despite allegations he slashed his girlfriend's face with broken glass in a jealous rage has been indicted on domestic assault charges, prosecutors said Monday.

A grand jury in Queens indicted Hiram Monserrate on three counts of second-degree felony assault and three counts of third-degree misdemeanor assault. Arraignment is expected later this week. He faces seven years in prison if convicted on the most serious charges.

Monserrate, who was in Albany on Monday for a legislative session, issued a statement saying he did not commit a crime.

"I've said all along this was accident. The district attorney's politically motivated decision to pursue this case doesn't change the fact that this was an accident," he said.

The 41-year-old former police officer was arrested after Karla Giraldo's face was slashed on Dec. 19 at his New York City home. The gash over her eye required 25 stitches. Both said the incident was an accident.

Monserrate told police he tripped while holding a glass of water and that the glass accidentally hit Giraldo.

But authorities say evidence, including surveillance videos, painted a picture of a heated argument and a frightened, bleeding woman in distress.

According to the police report, Giraldo, 29, initially said she was assaulted, then changed her account after learning officers planned to arrest Monserrate. She later told police she did not wish to press charges.

After a closed-door meeting with fellow Democrats in Albany Monday, Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith said Monserrate asked to temporarily step down as chairman of the Consumer Affairs Committee. Smith had already withheld Monserrate's $12,500 stipend until the criminal case concluded. Monserrate will retain all his other duties and collect his $79,500 base pay.
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When victims are still in the relationship, they often change their stories and refuse to press charges. It is until after she leaves, that we call her a survivor.

Be strong, Karla.



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2 advocates for peace:

Ajlouny Mar 25, 2009 12:17:00 AM  

I just don't understand why a woman would protect any man that actually draws blood and changes the dynamics of her appearance with a slashed face. If he can do that to her, he can do anything to her. He is a man with no limits.

Rj Mar 25, 2009 12:25:00 AM  

The dynamics of abuse are hard for "outsiders" to understand. Even I didn't understand. I still didn't understand when I was in, and sometimes I don't understand now.

Self esteem. If you don't believe that you are beautiful and wonderful and worthy, you will accept shitty treatment.

Options. If someone perceives that they have no way out, nowhere to run, they will stay. It is only the perception though, keep in mind, not the reality.

He can and WILL do anything to her. Once you have allowed it....

Those are the major ones I can think of off bat. Thanks for reading.



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