Domestic Violence Awareness

Katie’s Story

I entered into a marriage that resulted in 4 years of manipulation, verbal and physical abuse. I left to protect myself, finished college and started a career as a paralegal.

Later I found another man who loved and cherished me, but after 11 years of marriage he was showing violent tendencies, began beating our fostered child and assaulted me as well. The pain from abuse and the loss of this beautiful little girl lead to a breakdown. I now am an advocate for domestic violence awareness, volunteering with the LBDS.
I am FREE. I am a SURVIVOR.


Model: Katie
Hair: Carol Lester
Makeup: Michele Ahlswede
Photography: Oksana Karle
Location: Ye Kendall Inn
Model: Katie
Hair: Carol Lester
Makeup: Michele Ahlswede
Photography: Oksana Karle
Location: Ye Kendall Inn
Domestic Violence Awareness

 

Reshay domestic abuse awareness

Reshay’s Story

 

RESHAY’S STORY

Sept 30, 2011, my estranged husband shot me four times. He also took the lives of my loving parents, Kennie & Retha Rodgers. My life was forever changed by the decision he made, but the last of his victims I would be. The series of events that led up to that morning that God spared my life were a chapter I lived . . .survived . . . and the scars I look at as beauty now, a reminder.  I’ve had to date nine surgeries to correct gunshot wounds to my face and jaw, as well as leg and chest.

Four years later, I am living through the eyes of my 5 year old daughter, for God saved my life . . .


 

Model: Reshay

Hair: Carol Lester
Makeup: Jasmine Carmon, Carol Lester and Brittany Luna
Photography: Oksana Karle
Location: Ye Kendall Inn
Reshay domestic abuse awareness

 

Behold Beauty UnMasked

Here at LBDS, we celebrate survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence on a regular basis, doing whatever we can to let them know they are cherished, valued and never alone. Not everyone in our organization has first-hand experience with sexual or domestic violence, but we all share a rock-solid commitment to empower harmed women. The majority of us smile easily and often, but beneath our smiles,  we recognize the way invisible scars intertwine with all women’s laugh lines, but especially those of the survivors among us. As an organization, we are webbed together by this awareness. Unmasking is a long, slow process,  and too many memories can never be fully shared, even when parts are courageously made known.

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On August 22, 2015 in Boerne, Texas, we witnessed the beauty and strength of survivors willing to share their testimonials before the camera. Makeup artists, a camera crew, and professional photographer all leant their talents completely free of charge, and the owners of Ye Kendall Inn graciously allowed the event to take place in their venue.

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As the ladies prepared in a small chapel, the courtyard outside was being prepared for a wedding reception scheduled to take place that night. While being escorted from the chapel to where the video recording and photography sessions took place, more than one survivor confided “I feel like a bride.”

More images, videos, quotes and stories from this day will appear on the blog in the month ahead. Until then, may we all bold the beauty which comes from removing our masks.