Lived Experience: Latanya Johnson

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I know that I have to stay away from Clinton for my children’s sake. The kids are really upset; they believe that Clinton tried to burn the house down with us in it. I keep trying to reassure them that it was just an accident. I have known Clinton for a very long time and I know that he would never do anything that will harm our children.

I know I am a strong and independent woman, and I know that I do not need a man to define me. It’s just that I have been having a hard time dealing leaving Clinton, we have been together forever. And it gets extremely lonely at times. My kids do not want me to have anything to do with Clinton. I know what I have to do; I have to remain strong for my children. And if that means staying away from Clinton, then that is what I will do.

At church a couple of months ago, my pastor was talking about domestic violence and shared that there was a new group for women. I decided to attend but I wasn’t sure if I would share my story. However, over a couple of weeks, we began to really trust each other. I realized we wouldn’t judge each other. After I shared my story, I was amazed to find out how many other women had similar experiences. We count on each other and provide support during hard times. I don’t know what I would do without my women’s group.