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A Letter to my friend

 

He did a lot of things that were just not normal…. He would pee in my mouthwash bottle. I don’t know why…. He hit me many times. He called me many names…. I believed him.* 

As I write today, I address you as “friend” because that is what you truly are to me. A friend is a person who gives assistance; a patron; a supporter. While you and I may not have met, as a client of A Woman’s Place (AWP) I call you friend. Generous giving to AWP is the best way to support me or others like me who have been victims of domestic violence. I thank you for the options, comfort, and encouragement you have given me through your support of AWP and ask you to continue your support by making a financial contribution to AWP today.

AWP embraced me. They connected me to vital resources that I assure you were life-changing. AWP, and the community that I connected with through AWP, helped me to get onto a path that has led to transformational changes in my life. Each day has been another step on that journey. Unfortunately, I am not alone. There are others silently struggling, burdened by shame and feeling isolated from community, truth, and hope. 1 in 4 women experience domestic violence within their lifetime. 1 in 4 adolescents, both boys and girls, experience violence in a dating relationship before graduating from high school. If we are going to build a healthier community, defined by peace and safety rather than violence and shame, we all need AWP.

I recently had the chance to share my story in a video about AWP.

This huge step was another opportunity for me to celebrate how far I have come and what I have accomplished with AWP. I came home from work the other day and my kids embraced me with hugs, telling me they are so proud of me. They had seen the video. I need you to know that what I have been given is a gift. I feel proud of my life, from where I was to where I am now. I found hope and that has now turned to courage. I know I still have so much to learn about myself and life, but it is really a pleasure to say, “I can do this!” And it’s great to know that I have the beautiful spirit and encouragement of AWP and its supporters behind me. 

My life, and the life of my children, has been blessed with the gift of AWP – a gift that you continue to make possible with your support. Thank you again for your friendship and your gifts, and thank you for making a contribution to AWP today.

If I had no one to help me, I don’t know where I would be right now. So, when I tell you that A Woman’s Place saved my life, I mean that. It seriously saved my life.*

Sincerely,
Tracy Wahsner
Domestic Violence Survivor

* Excerpt from Tracy Wahsner’s remarks in AWP’s recent video.

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