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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Kerry Youmans

In college I was kidnapped and sexually assaulted at gunpoint as I was walking home at night to my off-campus apartment.

The man kept me as a hostage for a significant amount of time. A man who, I would later learn, shot and killed a peace officer two days earlier, during a theft.

After this event it was hard for me to return to school, and to this day I have struggled with a fear and anxiety of firearms, along with being afraid of walking alone in the dark.

I belong to Moms Demand Action and Be Smart to join in the struggle in changing our gun laws and further protecting our children from the gun violence that is so prevalent within American society.

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