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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Trish S.

In 1993, my life changed when I went to work. I worked at a retail store in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The day flew by, and when we were closing, my worst nightmare began. A person with a gun entered my cash office and demanded money. After giving them the money, I was handcuffed, duct-tape was put over my eyes and mouth, and my legs were taped together. Then, I was ordered to lie face down on the floor. That’s when I thought my life would end. Thankfully, I survived without physical injury, except bruising from the handcuffs. However, the nightmares began. I had difficulty trusting people. After 26 years, I still have flashbacks at times and nightmares. One moment in time can have a negative effect on your life forever. It’s time to end gun violence.

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