Decision on S.F. Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi outrages domestic violence activists

Nancy Lemon quoted in San Jose Mercury News, October 11, 2012

One domestic violence expert in particular, however, says that Mirkarimi fits into the abuser narrative: “denying, not taking responsibility, saying it was just a grab, not a big deal,” said Nancy K.D. Lemon…. It is also typical for victims of domestic violence to minimize the actions of their abusers. “There’s mixed messages coming down,” Lemon said Wednesday. “One of the messages is you can do this and get away with it. That’s dangerous. The second is saying the sheriff is held to a lower standard than his own deputies.”