Updated: Jul 2
April Tribe Giauque
Ever wonder how to escape the abyss of abuse? Know how to make an exit plan?
Let me tell you a quick story…
I was a young wife with five kids living in an abusive marriage.
Then something happened that changed my life forever.
I stopped blaming my circumstances and started to take action to get out.
At the time, I had no idea the impact this would have.
The problem was
I didn’t have a job and was 100% financially dependent on my spouse.
How could I leave? I knew if I left was would never return.
Just when I thought things couldn’t get any worse,
we were getting kicked out of our apartment.
We were going to be homeless—that’s five kids (three with autism) and no place to go.
That’s when I truly hit rock bottom.
We moved into my in-law’s basement, where more mental, physical, and spiritual abuse slammed me.
Now there was no job, no food, no diapers, and no hope.
Then, something happened that changed everything. I looked at my life and screamed, “ENOUGH!”
I made my exit plan.
I got a teaching job.
I hid the money in a separate account.
I lied about going to school to get my Master’s to keep up my victim’s story, and he bought into it.
I made friends with co-workers and people he never knew about who helped me to escape.
They were my supporters!
That was the spark I needed.
I was totally inspired - I saw the path forward because, though I didn’t realize it at the time, I had implemented my escape plan. I knew I was on the right path.
Here’s what happened next.
With the exit plan in motion, I connected with the police and all my supporters.
I packed my kids in 8 minutes, and we left the abyss of abuse.
My spouse was arrested, and I obtained a Protective Order. We were free!
I was forever changed by the fact that
I could provide my children with food, clothing, shelter, and SAFETY.
I could start healing. My family could begin healing.
I changed from the victim to the victor!
Now I went from
making $0 a year trapped in abuse to making a living wage as a teacher.
I went from homeless with five kids to buying my own house and sharing my book of hope with you.
What I’d like you to take away from all this is.
The #1 step in escaping abuse is to make your exit plan and follow it!
Build your network
Become financially stable, hide your money, and fight for your life—we are worth it!
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