Boys & Girls Club pens bill to fight domestic violence

May 5, 2011

COLUMBIA — Jasper County’s Boys & Girls Club was represented by Sen. Bre’Anna Orr for the Jasper County State House Day April 27 in Columbia. No ordinary senator, Orr is just 16 but she knows how it feels to be inspired, motivated and implement change for the good of others.

Selected as “Senator for a Day” after she won a speech contest sponsored by the Jasper County Delegation, Orr authored a bill during her experience. Upon her return home, she was told by Helen Pittman, delegation officer for Jasper County, that Sen. Phil Leventis (D-35th District) will attach the bill she developed to his bill in an attempt to provide protection for teenagers in abusive relationship.

Orr was motivated to change domestic violence laws after a 15-year-old friend was involved in an abusive relationship. Her winning speech, which won her the honor of “Senator For A Day, “detailed her legislative ideas about how to assist teenagers in abusive relationships. Orr spent two days in the State House in mid-April (April 12-13) as “Senator for a Day” campaigning for a change in domestic violence laws, which, she believes, needs to include teenagers. Currently, criminal domestic violence laws only apply to couples who are married, share a child or live together…

…During her first visit to the State House, Sen. Clementa C. Pinckney (D-District 45) introduced Orr’s bill. She also met with several leaders and advocates of domestic violence victims…

…Orr won a $500 scholarship, says she aspires to be an OB/GYN as her career and will continue helping women as a profession.

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