A lawyer for Bresha Meadows, the Ohio teenager who is accused of killing her allegedly abusive father, said letters of support are pouring into his office.
“People are sharing their own similar experiences [with domestic abuse] and telling her to keep her head high,” said Ian Friedman, a Cleveland-based defense attorney. “This tragedy has brought out the best in so many people literally across the globe. Their hearts go out to this young girl.” …
Bresha’s case is shining a light on what happens to the 3.3 million to 10 million children in America who are exposed to domestic violence each year. As well as facing higher rates of depression, substance abuse and attempted suicide, kids who grow up in violent homes are more likely to end up in the justice system. According to one report, 84 percent of girls in the juvenile justice system have experienced family violence.
Love & Protect, a community-based organization that supports women and gender-nonconforming people of color who act to defend themselves and their children against abuse, released a statement of solidarity with the young teen:
“The incarceration of Bresha Meadows serves no one. Bresha is not a threat to herself, family or community. Instead, it perpetuates the violence against Black women and girls that is inflicted at both the state and interpersonal levels every day. The state failed to protect Bresha. Now, it has chosen to criminalize her.”
The letter, which calls on prosecutors to drop the charges and let Bresha return home, has been signed by two dozen local and national organizations. …
A GoFundMe page has raised over $28,000 to support the teen and her family.
Friedman said supporters are welcome to send correspondence to his client. It should be addressed to:
c/o Ian N. Friedman, Esq.
Friedman & Nemecek, L.L.C.
The IMG Center
1360 E. 9th Street, Suite 650
Cleveland, Ohio 44114