MUSKOGEE, OK (KJRH) - Domestic violence survivors talk about how difficult it can be to walk away from an abusive relationship. But the WISH group in Muskogee wants domestic violence victims to know they don't have to take that step by themselves.
20 years ago, Maryland Guidry got out of her own abusive relationship, one which lasted more than two decades. Now, she helps other women find shelter and walk away from their own terrifying situations.
"Did I know that what I went through 20 years ago, that I was going to be working in the shelter helping other people? No," Guidry said. "But it was all worth it."
Hundreds slipped on red high-heels in Muskogee to literally walk a mile in women's shoes on Thursday. The walk allowed activists, law enforcement, and members of the community to show their support of victims and survivors during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Muskogee County Sheriff Rob Frazier says there have been more than 550 reports of domestic violence in the county as of October 1, which is on-par for a total similar to previous years. However, he says there are probably many more cases that go unreported.
If you need help or need someone to talk to, you can call the WISH Crisis Line any time at 918-682-7878.