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KIMBERLY by Heartland Alliance on Exposure
Kimberly’s life had never been easy. After losing her mother as a teenager, she struggled to raise her younger siblings, keeping food on the table through odd jobs and getting them through school and onto happy, healthy lives of their own. But even as the lives of her siblings blossomed, Kimberly’s was falling further behind. Growing older and now with children of her own, Kimberly thought her life was finally stabilizing. She couldn’t have imagined how quickly that would change. “[My partner] and I started fighting more and more, and one night, he put his hands on me. I knew if he did it once, he’d keep doing it,” she says of the night she left home. “It was terrifying. I took my kids and we left that night.”