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To Whom It May Concern

To Whom it may concern,


Yes I am a survivor, not a victim.

But this morning, was a little different……it was a huge and brighter wake up call, when I woke up, after a night of terror from my husband, and barely any sleep, I found my son in his room, crying, with my daughter trying to comfort him. He is 7 and my daughter is 8. She said, “it will be ok”, and that “dad is just in a bad mood again”, and his reply was; “why does he throw stuff and hit us?” I stood there and couldn’t move, and not sure how long it was……I wanted to break down and cry, and I did inside. I stay because I don’t know where to go. I once went into our local courthouse in Will County, and asked how a woman escapes and didn’t find any help from the clerk, they just told me they were busy and to go to the police. I tried to escape with my two kids, and had bags hidden, but one of his friends that was helping out at the house, found them and alerted my husband. They had a laugh that me and the kid weren’t going anywhere. I know my husband’s friend knows what he has been doing…….and doesn’t care. I feel that we are being closely monitored where we go. He doesn’t want my mom to come over unless he is there. I made some brownies today and putting a note and putting it underneath asking for her help. I asked a neighbor if they would drop them off at her house and they obliged. We have to find a way to get out and get out of the state. He knows too many people here in Illinois. I pray we can find a way out. Victims/Survivors don’t have a lot of help here in Illinois. We don’t.

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