Kelsey McKay, a former prosecutor who trains police how to handle strangulation cases, said Schneiderman’s alleged comments were right out of the abuser playbook. She said men who strangle often have superficial injuries, such as scratches and bites, inflicted by victims as they struggle to survive.
If the police respond to the scene, McKay added, it’s easy for them to put the wrong person in handcuffs. “The victim doesn’t have any visible injuries and the man does,” she said. “If law enforcement is not trained correctly, guess who gets arrested?”
As domestic violence claims another victim in Houston, prosecutors target strangulation assaults - "Women are not consenting to strangulation in sex like people want to think they are," McKay said. For more on Kelsey's opinion, please click here.
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