Lived Experience: LaTanya Johnson

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I go back to the agency I went to the first time Clinton hit me and ask to talk to an advocate. I sit down and I just start to cry. I tell her I have had it, but I don’t know what to do. This is the kind of thing that happens to other people, not in families like my family. I keep hoping things will go back to the way they were before Clinton started hitting me, but I know I can’t keep denying what’s happening, not now that the kids are involved. I tell the advocate that I don’t want Clinton to lose his job. This court case could be the final straw for him, and his work is all he has now that we are gone.

The advocate informs me that since law enforcement was called and Clinton was arrested, a court action is probably in progress. She told me she could come with me to the court date and help me talk with the district attorney. One of our neighbors is a lawyer in the DA’s office. Everyone is going to know soon enough that our dream life is a sham.