Kick It with Donna episode 46 – Freedom from Abuse
Abuse comes in many forms. Psychological, spiritual, emotional and physical. We are going to focus on physical abuse today. When you think about it, physical abuse encompasses psychological, spiritual and emotional abuse too, don’t you think?
My guest today is Simone Mckinstry. She recently moved to Dallas to escape an abusive relationship. She left her business and her home because she felt her life was in danger. She also left her grown daughter and grandchild. She was not married to this man, but had been living with him for three years. At first, all seemed fine. He was charismatic, wanted to take care of her, had a good relationship with her daughter and family. She thought he was her knight in shining armor. I should mention that Simone has Lyme disease. This disease put her in a weakened physical state. The best opportunity for the perfect storm.
Things in the relationship started to shift. He had anger management and trust issues that were not addressed. As if those weren’t bad enough, he was not faithful. Simone was witness to texts he received from other women about the sexual relationships he had with them. When Simone asked him about them, she was told it wasn’t her business.
This man is a police officer. Needless to say, a gun was always nearby. On several occasions, he pointed the gun at Simone’s head and threatened her. Simone was sure that she would become a statistic. Her daughter and family blame her for leaving. It’s her fault. She destroyed the relationship. How could she do that?
Here is a man who abused a woman in a physically weakened state. He gained the trust of her daughter and Simone’s family. Simone gets blamed.
Cheers to Simone for being courageous enough to walk away and save herself!! She is living with her sister and getting emotionally stronger everyday. Her strength will grow as she builds a solid foundation in a positive environment not a negative one. It is my hope that her family will come around and recognize the brave woman Simone is.