Emily-Anna Asbill (E.A) was a resident of Clinton and in June of 2013 her life was tragically cut short by an abuser who used a USB power cord to starve her brain and body of its needed oxygen. This form of assault is called strangulation and it is the obstruction of blood or airflow of another by means of external pressure.
Although strangulation can cause death, many in South Carolina are suffering permanent and long-lasting injuries from complications resulting from non-fatal strangulation events. Non-fatal strangulation is an often used but misunderstood form of assault seen in child abuse, vulnerable adult abuse, sexual assault, kidnappings and domestic violence incidents.
Emily Joy, the mother of E.A. Asbill, has turned her grief into a passion to protect others in South Carolina. Joy has partnered with non-fatal strangulation experts located in SC to draft Senate Bill S-172 to create a felony strangulation law for SC. This bill is not a domestic violence bill but rather one to protect many types of victims in SC. The bill is sponsored by Senator Katrina Shealy, of Lexington.
Forty-seven other states have a felony strangulation law, but SC is one that does not.