I was a single mom to a wonderful little boy. The two of us were happy. We had everything we ever wanted and needed.
Then we met someone who I thought was the man of my dreams. He seemed wonderful. He was loving, family-oriented, handsome and supportive. We married and decided to expand our family. Shortly afterward, he started to change. So did my world little by little.
I noticed I was losing friends. I was fighting with family. I was struggling at work. I was lying and covering up for his behaviours. Gradually, I noticed that I was changing too. I was no longer the strong, confident, independent woman I had been. I had become a mouse… asking for permission for everything. I became someone I didn’t recognize.
I suffered in a world of emotional, physical, financial and sexual abuse. I knew I needed help, but thought I had nowhere to go and no one to turn to.
Then, one day, enough was enough.
I refused to be that girl any longer. I refused to remain a victim. I wanted a better life for my kids and for myself. When I left, I was scared. I was scared of his threats. I was scared of doing the wrong thing. I was scared of what people would think. I hated that I couldn’t make it work… that I had failed and broken up my family.
Women’s Place is providing me with the support and reassurance that I need. I am still scared. Every day, however, my counsellor reminds me that I am not to blame for the abuse that I have experienced. She reminds me that I am doing the right thing, not only for me, but for my kids as well. She is my rock. I cannot thank her and the staff of Women’s Place enough for their compassion and support. I also can’t thank you enough for making sure that Women’s Place is here at a time when I need their help, both for my children and me.
I don’t know if I could do it without them.
Stacy’s journey is far from over. The long process of picking up the pieces has just begun. Your donation to this year’s Star of Hope campaign will ensure that she continues to have the support she needs to build a new life for herself and her children.