One woman has sent a powerful message about domestic violence with a video she filmed in a hospital room as her medium.
Facebook user Darrian Amaker posted a video Saturday on the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence's Facebook page. The video featured Amaker in a hospital bed singing about domestic abuse. She wrote, in her post, that someone she referred to as "my love" abused her a few days after Thanksgiving.
"He had planned it out; I was supposed to die," she wrote. "I survived or escaped, whatever you want to call it, and spent four days in the hospital, eyes swollen shut, wondering why, wondering why."
Amaker, who described herself as a singer, writer and photographer in the post, stressed that domestic violence "is not a faraway issue."
"It affects people you know, cheerful people, people who sing, people who love," she wrote. "We the humans must be better, kinder, stronger. We the loving must not tolerate abuse. We the living must facilitate life."
The post has been liked more than 2,300 times and has received several encouraging comments. "You are so, so brave for sharing this. Please keep on shining," one Facebook user wrote. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence also shared its support for Amaker in a post on Tuesday.
"Once again a courageous survivor has spoken up and removed the cloak of secrecy from domestic violence," the post reads. "We support her and other survivors as they move to regain their voices. It can be very empowering."
Amaker echoed that sentiment in her post, where she described her song and message as "a small triumph."
"I don't generally record videos of myself but it was the only thing I wanted to do in the hospital," she wrote. "I insisted -- it felt important and a small triumph to make something, salvage anything from my shipwrecked heart."
Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) for the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
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