Her Husband's Abuse Once Kept Her Behind Closed Doors. Now She's Speaking Out, Loud And Clear.

State Sen. LeAnna Washington experienced hellish abuse, and she is not alone; it is unacceptably common. According to the World Health Organization, "on average, 30% of women who have been in a relationship report that they have experienced some form of physical or sexual violence by their partner." Listen as she tells the harrowing tale of her life story and shares her transformation from a victim to the empowered leader she is today.

If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse of any kind, please call (800) 799−7233 or visit The National Domestic Violence Hotline. And if you want to help spread LeAnna Washington's message, share this video and the links listed below.

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