"I was a little girl with a pot belly and afro puffs, hyperactive and over dramatic. And I found the theatre, and I found my home, and I found a place to express myself. And I was so grateful, even at the age of nine. And to think, the theatre would be so good to me is mind blowing."
Leslie Morgan Steiner was in an abusive relationship, though at first she didn’t realize it. In a talk at TEDxRainier, she tells the disturbing story of her relationship, correcting misconceptions many people hold about victims of domestic violence, and explaining how we can all help break the silence.
If you or someone you know is facing domestic violence or an absuive relationship, you can find a list of resources here. The U.S. National Sexual Assault Hotline is 1-800-656-4673 (HOPE), and RAINN offers a secure online hotline.
For fellow Brits, here is the National Domestic Violence Helpline website (run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge). The number is 0808 2000 247 and is staffed 24 hours a day.