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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Sam Pulido

In honor of my Mom

My mom was held at gunpoint and robbed for her purse when she was pregnant with my sister. Fortunately, she was not injured — otherwise, neither my sister nor I would be alive today. She still has PTSD when anybody calls her “Miss,” because that is what her assaulter repeated as he approached her, to get her attention. The fact that my mom experiences trauma from hearing a word that is commonly used around her, and as innocent as “Miss,” after nearly 25 years since the incident, makes my blood boil. Her assaulter was never charged for armed robbery, only robbery. I am proud of my mom. I am glad she is safe and alive today, and I wish this traumatic experience didn’t have the lasting impact on her that it does.

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