Jan 29, 2019
On November 18, 2015 Monica Nielsen Deming posted on Facebook for the final time. She changed her cover photo to a fall sunset photo of a placid lake, bronze trees, and a solitary dock with the Bible verse John 14:8 inscribed across it. “If God is all you have, God is all you need.”
Then Monica quietly deactivated her facebook account to try and escape the harassment with which former boyfriend Brandon Leyva bombarded her. With a week and a half, Brandon shot Monica to death.
The previous two episode we’ve been learning about The Story of Jane, a survivor who is now and advocate for domestic violence survivors. Jane introduced us to the case of Monica Deming as she is working to pass legislation to protect future targets such as Monica from violent perpetrators. In honor of Jane, we're turning our focus to Monica’s story. We hadn’t planned to delve into her death next, but as we prepared to talk about the legislation that is so important to Jane, we realized that we needed to understand the genesis of the proposed bill that is being called Monica’s Law.