survival

‘My father sent me out for cigarettes. With no shoes and one shirt, I decided to run away. I needed to find a place he’d never find me.’ Man rescued from abusive family, returns favor by fostering children in need

“After a year of living on the street, strangers approached me and said, ‘We want to take you to school.’ Coming from an abusive household, I had never really learned to trust. I said yes, not really sure what I was agreeing to. I had no home, hope, future, and they gave me all of that and more. I knew I wanted to do the same for other kids.”

‘Am I ever going to walk again? Will I survive this?’ I couldn’t see it coming or avoid it. I never saw the man who did it. I just felt the shattering vibration in my leg and collapsed.’

“There was no fight, no scuffle. Just bone-crushing shock. For years, I imagined him as every man I saw – walking down the street, opening my office door, pushing through a crowd. Every victim I heard about on the news was me – helpless and broken – life as they knew it taken from them in one moment.”

‘I knew right away, her father had hurt her really bad. I found him standing in the doorway, holding a lifeless baby.’: Granddaughter suffers from shaken baby syndrome at the hands of her father, grandma works to pass Child Abuse Registry bill

“He said she bumped her chin while playing. Miley spent 18 days in the hospital for a totally unnecessary act of violence. Her biological father received a prison sentence of 1 to 15 years for child abuse. But Miley received a life sentence. He admitted he had shaken her violently, then put her in the bathtub. We don’t know how long he waited before he called me.”

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