October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Read and share stories to honor survivors whose lives have been changed by domestic violence.

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I was getting ready to leave work and started to walk down the hallway. It was the day before Thanksgiving, so I was going to do some last-minute shopping for the day. A man wearing a ski mask that obscured his face jumped out from a column, and he was holding a gun. Someone was supposed to be working at the front desk, but he was gone and apparently left the door open, which let this man in. I was rather frightened to have a gun pointing at my chest from just a few feet away. He demanded that I turn over my purse, which I did. He then asked if I was alone. I told him no, that there was someone else working in the office. He then told me to walk back to the office and not turn around so I did, hoping that he wasn’t going to follow me or shoot me. When I got back to the office, I saw that the guy was gone, along with my purse and all of my money. While I was glad that I wasn’t shot, I was rather annoyed that the person at the front desk had left early. The police never found the guy who robbed me or recovered any of my property. I was afraid of men wearing ski masks for a long time, along with guns.

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