Join us on June 7-9th for Wear Orange, as we unite in our call to end gun violence and honor the more than 120 people who are shot and killed, and hundreds more who are wounded and traumatized, every day in our country. Read some of the stories of those affected by gun violence below.

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I appreciate this virtual platform, as it allows me to communicate about a night I don’t talk about. I did not realize until I joined Everytown: I have been a survivor for more than 30 years now.

My husband was abusive, and when I finally left him for good, he found out where I was living and showed up. I was seeing someone else, and we were going out. As I sat in the passenger seat, my husband pulled alongside and started talking. We were driving down a busy street, and when my husband did not like the response from the guy I was seeing, he shot him. The bullet struck the guy in the arm. Subsequently, my husband was convicted but only served a couple of years. After going to the hospital and talking with the police, I went home. I was alone and afraid. I crawled around the townhouse on the floor, afraid my husband would come back and shoot through a window. I had to move again.

When I look back on my life with my husband, he had always carried a gun. We slept with a gun hanging on the bedpost. He always had to be ready for an intruder. I had no idea of the subliminal message I was getting. Domestic violence was my life during that marriage. When I gathered my courage and followed through with an order of protection, there was a court advocate who spoke and helped me through the unfamiliar proceedings. An attorney tried to talk to me before I went in front of the judge, but I refused. I was unfamiliar with the entire process and did not know the woman was an advocate. I did not know anything about advocates. I did not know how to stand up for myself. Thank you Everytown Survivor Network for being advocates and for standing up for domestic violence victims.

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