|Everyone should be able to get help|
|Written by Angela Rice|
|Friday, 13 July 2012 13:28|
Five years ago I had no idea. Five years ago my daughter was there sitting in the backseat of our car when she witnessed her stepfather stabbing her mother in the head, neck and back in Cuba. Her mind couldn't comprehend why, how. Five years ago I had no idea about the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). But I would learn.
Sitting in an emergency room bleeding from the head, officers took pictures. A wonderful sheriff made sure my daughter was safe until her father would pick her up. We survived, but it was not over. Nightmares came both in the day and the night. Her father threatened to take my daughter from me and proclaimed I would never see her again. At 3 a.m. I called the crisis line for the safe house for Women in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Linda Shields who would become a lifeline to me listened and helped me. She set up an appointment for my daughter and me to talk to a counselor and caseworker. We went on a Friday. The help we needed had come.
I was stabbed on July 27, 2007 in my head, neck and back. I was in pain for a long time. No one deserves that pain—no one. For more info: http://4vawa.org/