|What Does Justice Mean To You?|
|One in Three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. That equates to ONE BILLION WOMEN. One Billion Rising is global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safety in community spaces where they are entitled to justice; where they deserve to feel safe but too often do not. It is a call to survivors to break the silence and release their stories through art, dance, marches, ritual,. song spoken word, testimonies and whatever way feels right.|
|This year’s theme is JUSTICE. One Billion Rising For Justice is about envisioning justice for all survivors of gender violence. Justice takes many forms. It can be an apology or reparations. It can be taking legal action. It can be implementing laws and policies that ensure women’s rights. It can be taking back control, allowing ourselves to heal. It can be making the truth visible. It can be calling for an end to all forms of inequality, misogyny, discrimination and patriarchy. It can be naming and shaming perpetrators. Demanding accountability. It can be rising for justice on a personal, social, economical, cultural or political level. It can be a revolutionary call to restore dignity and respect to women.|
|MARCH ~ RISE~ DANCE
With Us on February 14!
Join us in Petaluma for a 4:00pm flash mob at City Hall, followed by a “March For Justice” through town which will end at Petaluma Women’s Club for a RISE & DANCE For JUSTICE event from 5:00pm-8:00pm.
Activities will include monologue readings, Clothesline Project, “express yourself” activities, dancing, DJ Val, Sisters Rising, local resources, massage and so much more! Stay current on the day’s events at: VDayPetaluma.org
Elizabeth Sebetto, 19, of Clyde, was held captive in the 42-year-old’s Campbell Street apartment for hours one night in early September 2012. Clinton had brutally assaulted her.
Testifying in court two weeks ago during Clinton’s trial, Sebetto confidently and consistently described the attack. The Register typically does not identify victims of sexual assault, but Sebetto agreed to have her story told using her identity.
Thursday, as Clinton was sentenced to death, Sebetto reclaimed her strength.
“He’s finally where he belonged 16 years ago: death row,” she told the court, referencing the 1997 killing of 18-year-old Misty Keckler, who Clinton strangled to death in a Fostoria home.
She thanked everyone involved in the case for their support and their part in securing Clinton’s arrest, conviction and sentence. She also thanked jurors for deciding to put the “monster” to death.
“This whole thing has been a lesson for life,” she said. “I never imagined I would be here today, but one thing I can tell you, and you know who you are, you have made me stronger. I assure you of that.
“That night, you probably thought you won,” she said, addressing Clinton directly. “You probably thought you broke me. Did you think I would just let you live a free life? That’s how weak-minded you are.”
When Clinton attacked her, he strangled her until she lost consciousness.
While she did what she had to to survive the night, she said she never lost her faith in God.
“You may have taken from me that night, but you didn’t take my pride or faith,” she said. “God never left me. He was there when you choked the life out of me. Who else put my breath back into my lifeless body?”
More than a year later, now 19, she’s a changed person.
“I decided early on I would not let this define who I am,” she said, again speaking to Clinton. “I am not your victim. I am a victor. I survived you. I prayed to God to keep me alive.”
Just as Clinton has said he’s not done fighting, neither is Sebetto. She made a promise to be there when he appeals his conviction and sentence, every step of the way.
“I want you to know, I’ll be there. You will never be let go as long as I breath. I’m bigger than you, stronger than you. I survived you,” she said. “I will always be heard, along with Misty, Heather, Celina and Wayne Jr. They will also be heard. You are where you belong and you will never walk on soil again. This is just the beginning of my life.”