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"We tried over and over again to pass legislation that impacted women when it came to sexual violence and domestic violence, and we've had some small victories but we didn't get a lot of victories," Romero said.
"I will continue to run that legislation because that's what I'm focused on," she continued.
The story of James' friend who was being abused in the context of a religious marriage is not over, she said.
Worldwide, it's believed that 35 percent of women overall have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from an intimate partner, according to the World Health Organization."Statistically speaking, most sexual assaults and sexual violence happens between partners who know each other," Murray said.
"It could be a husband, it could be someone you're dating, it could be a friend." “We tried over and over again to pass legislation that impacted women when it came to sexual violence and domestic violence, and we've had some small victories but we didn't get a lot of victories.”Murray said she approaches her role with Washington County School District as a "healthy relationships" educator.
One of the most saddening and frustrating parts of her job, she said, is when she reads the anonymous questions students are welcomed to submit after she teachers her program.
What's frustrating is since the questions are kept anonymous, she can't report the several rapes or sexual assaults that are often disclosed in them.