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Stories to Make Montanans Cringe...with a Purpose

July 2, 2007

They're stories that make people cringe -- a father beating one of his daughters unconscious, sexually abusing another, and beating animals to death in front of the family. Yet the experience of writing it all down has helped a woman raised in Montana heal after surviving domestic violence as a child. And Barbara Richard is reaching out to other Montana women today to give them courage to leave abusive relationships, and acknowledge abusive history to improve their psychological health.

"I had put it all away. I'm an adult. I have family. I had put that all away -- and yet, I've always felt compelled to tell the story. The violence was almost unprecedented. Why he didn't kill one of us, I really don't know. I don't want my information to sound like I'm just looking for sensation."

Richard says when she was a child, there weren't any domestic violence shelters or organizations her family could go to for help. Now, Montana has at least one place in each county for this purpose, and she encourages women to call for help at any stage of abuse.

Richard adds that while her case may have been extreme, she wants it to be an example, because she and her siblings believe in the ability to survive without carrying abuse to the next generation.

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - MT