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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Krysta Elder

In honor of my daughter

I’ll never forget that moment: “Active Shooter at Noblesville Middle School.” I thought this was it. All the times I imagined what it would be like to be a parent in this situation, it never felt like this. For so long, I didn’t know if she was safe. She was. But she is forever changed. She’s now a different, more fragile version of her old self. She suffers with anxiety attacks DAILY. She has self-harmed. I have to ask my 15-year-old daughter if she has thoughts of hurting herself or others. She lives in fear of when (not if, for her) it happens again. And I can’t make her feel better. My baby is broken, and I just pray one day she’ll feel whole again.

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