Editor’s note: Joyce M. Short is the author of “Carnal Abuse by Deceit — How a Predator’s Lies Became Rape.”
Our Unity Has the Power to Make a Radical Change
By Joyce Short
Although Judge John Tomasello flatly refused to issue a restraining order to protect Mischele Lewis, a victim of sexual assault by coercion, his absurd, misogynist decision was rendered to the trash heap where it belonged.
As a result of the media exposure on the issue, through this blog and additional coverage, I was contacted by Michelle Noberto, the outraged mom of a prior sexual assault victim. ”Nicoles Law,” named for her daughter, which makes restraining orders automatic in sexual assault cases, had been grossly overlooked.
Noberto immediately rolled up her sleeves and demanded that the Prosecutor in Burlington County issue a “Nicole’s Law” restraining order forthwith. On June 20, only 15 days subsequent to Tomasello’s irresponsible ruling, Mischele Lewis was issued a temporary order to protect herself and her family. Upon conviction of the accused, William Allen Jordan, the temporary “Nicole’s Law” order becomes permanent.
Our efforts have shown that we can make a difference. Victims of this type of crime exist throughout the US, and throughout the world. By coming together to support each other and call out for protections and justice in a public way, we can, and are, making a difference.
The case against William Allen Jordan goes before the Grand Jury tomorrow. If the indictment holds up, there will be a trial, and all of us here on LoveFraud will have the opportunity to emotionally support Mischele Lewis and witness the case against a notorious sexual con artist first hand. We all know that justice is less about truth and more about proof, but the concept alone that Burlington County clearly saw this predator’s wrongdoing as a criminal offense is a victory, in itself, for all of us.