For nearly nine years, from 2005 to 2014, a malignant narcissist kept my sister from me. It was an awful feeling to know that my sister was being controlled by a man who claimed that he loved her. As a family member I felt like there was nothing I could do to help her. I would reach out every once in a while to let her know I was there, and finally one day it made a difference. My sister called me out of the blue one evening in 2014 and said she needed a place to stay. I did not hesitate for a second and said I was there to help in any way I could. From that moment forward my life would change, not even knowing what was to come.

On March 23, 2016 I received the worst phone call of my life. The Emergency Department had called to notify me that my sister had been shot. Due to my training I knew what to expect, but the sight of my sister lying on a stretcher, in a trauma bay, is forever burned into my mind. My sister was very fortunate because any one of the four bullets that struck her body could have killed her. She is still here today because of the immediate actions of the individuals at the apartment complex, the swift response of law enforcement and medics, and by God’s grace and love.

Standing Courageous has given me purpose. I look into the eyes of other survivors and I see their strength, wisdom, and courage and it simply amazes me. The horrific tragedy that my sister suffered could easily be viewed as the worst situation of my life, but instead I have chosen to turn it into a positive. I am grateful to not only share my side of the story, but I also have the honor and privilege to stand courageous next to my sister, while she shares her firsthand account of domestic violence.

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