GARDNER, Mass. — When you drive by Gardner Metropolis Corridor, you’ll discover it’s lit up purple. That’s as a result of Mayor Michael J. Nicholson formally proclaimed October home violence consciousness month. With the proclamation, a vigil the place attendees received to see how actual this downside is.
D’Angela Alberty of Medway is a mother with three children, and he or she says they’re all coping with post-traumatic stress after her youngsters’s father spent 10 months in jail for abusing them. She was this 12 months’s speaker at Gardner’s annual domestic violence awareness vigil.
Alberty has hundreds of followers on social media after telling her uncooked and unfiltered story, the identical one she informed on the vigil.
“I used to be a sufferer for seven years, and every time I grew to become pregnant I used to be sexually assaulted,” Alberty mentioned. “As a result of I used to be born into home violence, I didn’t decide up on the crimson flags.”
The vigil each remembered those that misplaced their lives to home violence and honored these like Alberty who’ve graduated from sufferer to survivor.
“There have been a number of hundred calls answered of people that discovered assist, individuals who reached out in search of assist and received that sense of safety, and that’s a sigh of aid and one thing we have to spotlight,” Mayor Nicholson mentioned.
“I’m at all times going to worry my security,” Alberty mentioned. “I’ve a everlasting restraining order.”
Regardless of fears from a historical past of abusers, she’s now opened a enterprise to assist different trauma survivors.
“Part of me actually cared about this individual as a result of I needed to see them change and do higher, so I might simply say to these going by way of this, apply your self-love,” she mentioned.
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