Tomorrow I will be attending Take A Stand in Washington D.C., an event sponsored by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV). This event marks the 30th anniversary of domestic violence awareness month and is meant to spread awareness about domestic violence and lobby for change. To say that this event holds a great deal of significance for me would be the understatement of the year. As a survivor of abuse and domestic violence, I have learned how much misunderstanding and ignorance there still is regarding the severity and impact of domestic violence. I have felt how suffocating it is to stay silent; how speaking the truth is so much more complicated than people want to believe; how difficult it really is to seek justice. And more than anything, I have learned just how prevalent these crimes really are.

I have spent the past year trying to deal with…

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