She was in love with Sanders, but wasn’t ready for marriage, she explains.After yelling at her for being ungrateful, he smacked her in the face.The car reeked from the fumes of weed laced with cocaine. Dadou has maintained since then that Sanders often raped her if she didn’t comply with his demands for sex. He hit her in the face and thigh before grabbing her throat.
He slapped her and shoved her into the car door until she begged him to let her pull over so she could use a restroom.
She knew Genesee Hospital was nearby and speedily turned into the emergency room entrance.
She reached for the gun Sanders kept under the passenger seat.
The police found Sanders’s frozen body collapsed in a snow bank. Dadou was charged with manslaughter in the first degree and sentenced to eight to 25 years.
She’s actively lobbying for a bill that could have potentially saved her from incarceration.
The Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act (DJSJA) — sponsored by New York State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson and Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry — has been inching its way into state law since 2011.She was denied early release five times by a parole board even though she stayed out of trouble while incarcerated, and spent seventeen years behind bars before her release in 2008.Dadou, now fifty, has been out of prison for seven years.She walked into the emergency room with her face swelling and the taste of blood in her mouth.On-duty police officers were standing in the emergency room triage area.Another evening, Sanders accused Dadou of flirting with one of his cousins while they were at a party.