Survivor Stories

No Idea What I Have Been Through

My family has no idea what I have been through.  No one does really, except for the other women who have been through the same as I have, or similar to it.

Stepping out, and standing up for myself, has been so very difficult.

NO words can best describe my pain, trauma and suffering, but one of my friends thought through my words, I might be able to help someone else.

I was severely beaten, abused and tortured by my former husband, who I always thought was my “Knight in Shining Armor.”  How wrong I was.  He was phony and did not show his “true colors” until after we were married, and then at that point, I felt like there was no way out.  I was beaten on a daily basis and also verbally tortured as well, which is often as bad.  He made me feel as though it was my fault.

I was laughed at by officers who were called, or when I went in to report it, and was disregarded and seen as “crazy.”  How sad that domestic violence is not seen as more serious in Will County, and America!!!

We had three children, and felt even more stuck after that, as he would tell me that I could never survive by myself and that he would get our children, because he knew how to manipulate the system, which I learned out later to be true, as the judges  and attorneys disregard domestic violence in the Joliet and Will County area.

How are women supposed to stand up for themselves when there are no supports in place for people like me to do so????!!!!

There are women staying for that fact, when they fear they will lose their children, or end up dead.

If you or someone you know needs help, call the Groundwork 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline at (815) 729-1228.