People join the military for different reasons. For some, it satisfies a burning desire to serve their great country. For Carla Yarborough, it was a means of escaping the darkness of her home life.
Kia A. Richardson is the founder of No More Blows. She was a victim of both sexual and physical abuse. Today, she is a strong survivor. Her experience fuel her strong passion to advocate for survivors and victims of this silent epidemic. Read to discover how Kia survived an abusive relationship that nearly threatened her daughter's life.
From the outside looking in, it's easy to wonder why women who are being abused "don't just leave". If you've ever been abused or have ever known someone in an abusive relationship, you'd know that it's not always that simple. Discover a few truths about domestic violence and learn a few practical ways to support a loved one who is being abused.
"I do not consider myself a survivor. Survivorship is not just about getting out of a relationship. It's about getting the help you need to never exemplify this behavior again. Unfortunately, for me and so many other so-called survivors, that isn't the case. We may not be in a relationship where we are getting beat but we are being verbally abused."
Patricia knew she had to end the relationship when her best friend informed her that she was mentally preparing for Patricia's death. It was a death that might have come by Patricia's abuser - her high school sweetheart. As romantic as "high school sweethearts" sounds, there was nothing desirable about the abusive relationship Patricia had been in since she was 17.
When Keyonna Wallace met her husband, he was the perfect gentleman. He wined and dined her, giving a whole new meaning to chivalry. His love for her became the embodiment of what it meant to fall in love at first sight. She had no idea the relationship was only an illusion and that soon, the prince charming effect would wear off.