Survivor Stories

Anonymous Survivor

While I may not be anyone of “importance” to many, whose voice doesn’t really matter, I am slowly learning again that my voice does matter!

I may not be gorgeous, like the models who get noticed and whose voices are heard because of how they look, but I do matter.

I may not be the smartest person, but I matter.

I may not be rich, but I matter.

I may not have power and have a high status in the city and county, but I matter.

I am a survivor, and I DO matter!!!

I DO NOT deserve to be treated like garbage!

I DO NOT deserve to be beaten!

I DO NOT deserve to be physically, mentally, emotionally, or financially abused!

I have bled all over the carpeting, wooden floors, my car, in the bathrooms, in our bed, and even on the way to church, after being hit by my husband.  This has happened daily!

Why does he not understand that I do matter?!

Why does the court not see that I do matter?!

I am tired of crying, bleeding, feel “less than”, and feeling like garbage!

I do deserve to be loved and respected!

So does every other person in this world!

We are all important!  None of us is “less than!”

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