I lived with a paralyzing fear. Day in and day out I woke up to the malicious face of fear, and fell asleep to it. I was in an abusive relationship with my boyfriend of five years. He would physically hit me, sexually abuse me, strangle me and verbally put me down. I wanted so desperately to leave, but I was too afraid. The last time he physically and sexually abused me he sent me to ICU. My ribs were shattered, my collarbone was broken, my eyes were bruised shut, but worst of all my soul was completely DEFEATED. It was then and there that I decided that was not the life for me. I went to the Houston Area Women’s Center and it was there that I finally found refuge and strength. It was there that I learned I was not worthless; I was valuable as a human being and deserved respect. I entered the Women’s Center a broken woman with no hope and I walked out months later as a survivor of domestic and sexual violence. My story is one of thousands, yet I hope to reach at least one person from sharing this. If you are in a similar situation please don’t hesitate to seek help. I did, and so can you.
Thank you for listening to my story,