The next year held constant beatings. They were random and could not be predicted. I searched my mind and could not find any reasonable explanation as to why this could, why this would happen to me. How could a person that told me they love me slap me, ABUSE me? I decided that love would not allow a person to do this to me! Thank Go for counseling, family, and friends that supported me.
Leaving had become a constant thought. Leaving safely was a major concern. Twelve months earlier I gave birth to this mans daughter and I would not let her live a life thinking this is the way a man should treat a woman. I had not yet decided how or when to leave when one
night he came in and began slapping me . It would only get worse from there. He had me pinned against the wall in our daughters bedroom room. There was a knock on the front door. He pointed his finger between my eyes and said , "You better not move!" When he called me to the door I was still in the spot he'd left me. I cautiously walked to the door. To my surprise it was two police officers. They l looked at me and asked, "Are you okay?" I asked him, "Am I okay?" The police officer said let me ask you like this, "If we leave would you be okay?" I looked at him and asked, "If they well I'll be okay?" He said, "I don't know, will you?" I told them, "I want him to leave!" By then my neighbors were coming home and saw the police there, as they had many times before. The female neighbor asked me to come to their house. I walked over to her apartment. We were looking through the peephole. A while later my front door slammed shut. Minutes later the police officers were bringing him out in handcuffs. It was the last time I saw him for many years. I asked for early out the Air Force. My parents and brothers came down, packed me up and moved me from Mississippi to Michigan.
I know the journey I went through as the abused and was elated when I was offered an opportunity to become a mentor with Her VOICE, founded by Dr. Shana Lewis. It would take me hours to describe and talk about the beautiful lady and her cause. As a mentor with her voice it enables you to help someone who is going through the process. It may be as simple as listening, a gentle touch, or suggestion, the without advising. It can, however, open up old wounds and allow you to delve deeper into self-awareness. It is encouraging, empowering, and inspiring. Her VOICE allows my voice to be heard and I am grateful.