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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Michelle

I was in eighth grade at my best friend’s house across the street. Her parents were out for the night; her older brother and his friend were there. She and I were playing a board game in the family room, when the brother’s friend walked out naked, holding her father’s rifle. He pointed it at us and asked, “Who wants to suck my dick first?”

I froze. He started laughing and swung around. When his back was to us, I bolted out the back door, through their side yard and home. I never told anyone. She and I never discussed it, but I never went to their house again when her parents were not home. Within a year, we stopped hanging out altogether.

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