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Why Did She Stay?

Podcast Interviews

“I’m no expert on abuse but I’m going to become one… This is my mission in life… This is an epidemic of violence against women, and if (Anne-Christine’s) death is going to have any meaning at all it is going to be to put a very public face on the killers of women.”
Stephanie Johnson, from the Houston Chronicle

Why Did She Stay?

by An interview with Roni Keller and Stephanie Johnson (Library of Congress project) | 38:40

He Threatened to Cut Off Her Breasts - Part 1

by Betsy talks about her years of serious domestic abuse | 1:03:14

He Threatened to Cut Off Her Breasts - Part 2

by Betsy talks about her years of serious domestic abuse | 1:16:24

He Started With Tickling

by Abbey recounts her years of domestic abuse that nearly killed her. | 1:20:40

Other Podcast Resources

Life-Saving Resources

If you or a loved one is in an abusive relationship or suffering from someone who is abusive, please seek help immediately. Your life depends on it.

  • ‘Why Did She Stay’ Facebook Feed: This Facebook page is dedicated to the thousands of women muted by their abusers, to remove the shame and stigma they face every day, and the reticence that keeps them silent.
  • Bay Area Turning Point: This Houston-area group provides recovery services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and facilitates violence prevention strategies for societal change in partnership with our community.
  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline: These highly-trained advocates are available 24/7 to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship – 1-800-799-safe (7233)
  • Texas Council On Family Violence: One of the largest domestic violence coalitions in the country. The group promotes safe and healthy relationships by supporting service providers, facilitating strategic prevention efforts, and creating opportunities for freedom from family violence.
  • Houston Area Women’s Center: The Center provide a safe place to stay, counseling and advocacy to support survivors in building lives from the effects of violence. All services are free of charge and confidential.

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What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence and emotional abuse.

--National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

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3 months ago

Why Did She Stay?
Anne-Christine Johnsnon was killed by her ex-husband on Dec. 8, 2016. She would have turned 38 on March 2. Why did she stay? You know the statistics, it takes on an average of seven times for many women to leave their abusers. She was at 6.5 when Shaun P. Hardy told her he had cancer and their son needed her. It was a trap. In the aftermath of her brutal murder she became the face of femicide around the country. It's hard to separate who she was from who she became after years of horrific abuse, but one friend on Facebook wrote of the Anne-Christine I prefer to remember: "Happy Tuesday Grief and loss can be overwhelming to our nervous system and can trigger all sorts of emotions. It can also teach us to slow down and appreciate the memories. Anne - Christine Johnson was taken from this world to soon on 12/8/2016. She was an absolutely beautiful soul who shined bright with confidence when she walked into any room. I idolized her in so many ways. She was kind, compassionate, generous and allowed me into her life for a brief moment months before she passed. She taught me so many valuable lessons that I will not forget. She taught me to dive into my insecurities and embrace love and hold space for possibilities. She gave me the confidence I never knew I had. She is the reason I changed my perspective on love , friendships, and started therapy. She loved red lipstick, heels and had a free spirit. She is not really gone and is always around us in spirit. When I see someone wearing red lipstick, it makes me smile and think of her. I know she is there in spirit if I see butterflies around me. She is passing by to say hello and forever in my heart. I appreciated her kindness and I’ll never forget it." ... See MoreSee Less
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