Survivors of domestic violence speak out to inspire others to find their voice

Women's Resource Center hosts fourth annual domestic violence candlelight vigil.

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Women's Resource Center held their fourth annual candlelight vigil honoring victims and survivors.

Wednesday night, three survivors told their stories in front of dozens of men and women at the event.

One of the speakers was the daughter of a domestic abuse survivor.

Molly was just six years old when her and her sisters saw her mother get abused.

At the vigil, she read a poem that she wrote describing some of her traumatic childhood experiences.

"It helps so you can relate to others, and they can relate to your experiences, and know that they are not the only ones going through this," says Molly.

Her mother, Elizabeth, says she's amazed that her daughter can do what she was never able to do, and use her voice to talk to others.

"I'm so proud of her and how she is able to stand up there with great poise, and speak to women and hopefully they can see how it does affect our children," says the survivor.

Both of them agree it has been a long road to get where they are today, but encourage anyone who may be experiencing abuse to find their voice and get help.

"You see women that you wish you could pull them out of it, and you know that you can't because they have to be ready to be pulled out," says Elizabeth.

"It's hard to see when you're in it [the abusive relationship] but when you're out of it, it's so much clearer, and it gets a lot better," added her daughter.

If you or someone you know thinks they are being abused, call the 24-hour helpline 1-800-554-4972 or contact the Women's Resource Center.

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