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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Marcel McCants

January 2017, I was shot and paralyzed by someone I called a best friend and brother. I had built a successful business, raising three kids, dedicated to my church, and five months from getting married. I spent 9 months in rehab and homeless.

August 2017 three days at a nursing facility, I was sexually assaulted by a nurse. Embarrassed and hurt, I allowed the completion of a rape kit to ensure there would be evidence, hoping my story could inspire boys and men to report when they have been sexually assaulted or raped.

Back in the hospital for another 8 months with no rehab, I developed my own daily workout routine. I focused on eating healthier, losing weight, growing physically and spiritually. In September 2018 I received a grant from the Travis Roy Foundation to purchase my own manual wheelchair.

September 2018 Freedom Church of Seattle promoted me to the Executive Director of Youth Violence Prevention Network, which shows love, nonviolence, and forgiveness to everyone. Though being shot and sexually assaulted turned my world upside down I still found it in my heart to love and forgive the people who hurt me.

I’m motivated to continue living my life for myself and my kids. I thank God for everyone who played huge roles in saving my life. I believe with all my heart and faith in God I will walk again in Jesus’ name.

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