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Arrow Read Mary’s story. Think about it as you read.

Mary’s Story: Abuse and violence

I grew up in an abusive and violent home. I saw my father beat my mother up every time he went out drinking. I was going to get a licking from my father but I always managed to run out the house when I saw them fight.

Broken heartWhen I got my own family I thought I was safe, but I wasn’t. I got beat up by my boyfriend. I tried to break the cycle but I couldn’t do it by myself. Sometimes my children would cry when they saw me crying. I’m trying to teach my kids what is right and wrong. I W

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