We have an opportunity to take action and make a stance for a child survivor of domestic violence that has been failed by our system. Bresha Meadows, who turned 15 years old in jail, is currently in the Trumbull County Juvenile Justice Center for allegedly shooting her father in self-defense. Her next court date is on October 6 and she needs the faith community to stand in solidarity with her right now. We want to thank our member Sojourners for bringing this to our attention.
Here’s the situation and chain of events that have resulted in where Bresha is now:
- Bresha Meadows lived in a Trumbull County, Ohio home where she, her mother, and siblings were abused by their father. At one point, Bresha’s father threatened her life and the lives of her mother and siblings.
- Bresha’s mother had been subjected to domestic abuse for 17-18 years.
- On July 28, 2016, Bresha Meadows was arrested for allegedly shooting her father.
- Bresha was 14 years of age when this happened. She is currently in the Trumbull County Juvenile Justice Center. She turned 15 in jail.
- She ran away on several occasions; however, she was returned home as the police told her relative that they had to return her home otherwise they would be charged with kidnapping.
- Bresha was questioned about her father’s abuse of her and her mother in front of her father.
- She asked for help; however, the system (police, Jobs and Family Services) failed to assist her. At 14 years old she felt had no other option to end her family’s torment than to shoot her father in self-defense.
- The Trumbull County prosecutors are deciding right now whether they will try Bresha as an adult; making her eligible for to be punished with death in prison, without possibility of parole.
- Bresha’s next court date is Oct. 6. At this time, prosecutors will make their decision.
In the week leading up to Bresha’s Oct. 6 court date, here are the ways your church and community can get involved:
October 2nd – #Pray4Bresha Sunday: Take a moment to lift up Bresha during your worship service and prayerfully speak out against domestic violence and child abuse. Download Sojourners’ #Pray4Bresha Worship Guide for suggested prayers, readings, and resources.
October 5th – Local Vigil: Encourage your family, friends and faith community to organize a #Pray4Bresha vigil in your local church or area. Add your event to the Color of Change list of actions and vigils.
October 5th – Twitter Vigil (7pm-8pm EST): Can’t make it to a local vigil? Join in digital solidarity to #Pray4Bresha with this online discussion hosted by Evangelicals for Justice (@Evangelicals4J).