When York County resident Christine Lincoln was 18, she met the man who would become her husband. "Five days after we married, he beat me for the first time," said Lincoln. She wanted to leave him, but said it was hard to do. "I stayed because he said he would change, an older friend said to give him a second chance, I didn't want to disappoint my parents," said Lincoln. She also stayed because she relied on her husband financially.
It's for that reason that state Representative Kevin Schrieber has introduced House Bill 2528, which would make it easier for a victim to get out of a cell-phone plan that she previously shared with her partner. "We're technologically dependent in our world today. We're all dependent on our cell phones. This bill would allow an individual subject to an abusive relationship to break through a shared family plan," said Schrieber. The victim wouldn't have to pay any fees and could get a new confidential number within 24 hours. The bill will also allow a telephone company to turn off the GPS tracking system on a victim's phone so that things like the 'Find My iPhone' feature wouldn’t work.
Schrieber acknowledged that the bill won't stop abuse, but he hopes that it will make it just a little bit easier to leave. For Christine, who escaped the clutches of abuse and has come full circle, that's a good thing because she knows how hard it can be to leave. "I was in that same situation and there's a quote that I live by that says ‘a thing is only impossible until it is not,’" said Lincoln.
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