I knew 18 months before I left I had to design a plan. I knew that it was up to me to rescue me and my five children. This is a snapshot of my experience. My book Pinpoints of Light; Escaping the Abyss of Abuse tells the rest of the story.
Click, click, and click. My eyes connected with my three boys as I snapped the last buckle into place. My head suddenly screamed at me. Two minutes left! I ran back inside and reached for my girls, innocent, pure, and ran out towards the van as I snuggle them close to muffle their cries. One minute left!
Everyone is in the van! I thought. Drive! Go! Now! I jumped behind the wheel and fired it up. I pulled down the gear lever into drive. Suddenly there was a pounding on the hood of my van and screaming for me to stop. I took my chance and punched it into reverse, throwing him off the van; I slammed it into drive and speeding around him out of the driveway and onto the street.
I drove away from the basement apartment, never to return to the abyss of abuse.
How did I know when to leave? How did I make my plan? One pinpoint at a time.
I acknowledged I was in abuse. His psychotic darkness was like a caged animal and would strike out at unpredictable moments, leaving his emotional, spiritual, and physical marks on my children and me.
Supporters. I learned to build a network of people and places that I could escape to. This took 18 months to build.
Financially. I became a teacher. I had hidden bank accounts. I had a plan. I had hope. AND We fled from his grasp. One. Pinpoint of light. At. A. Time.
Now that you are Out How Do You Help Others?
I share my story. I felt that nudge from above to write and encourage victims/survivors to get out and stay out. I started a movement called Pinpoints Across America. (More about this in another post). I lead women to share their healing stories. I shine as a beacon of light that they can get out, never return, and live the life of light and love.
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