Dear officer

Jenifer Knighton

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Dear officer,

you can’t see the bruises,

but they are there,

you probably can’t see my pain,

or how much I am scared.

Dear Officer,

I can’t tell you the truth,

because I know what he will do.

I will continue to tell you the lies,

but really, I am afraid that I am going to die.

Dear Officer,

please help me,

I hope that you will see,

I can’t tell you that I am afraid,

because if you don’t take him away,

It might just be my last day.

Dear Officer,

please help me get away,

I don't want to stay.

My lies aren’t adding up,

you have to know that I am really not that tough.

My outbursts are from all of the abuse,

You have to know that he is using that as an excuse.

Dear Officer,

I hoped that you would have seen,

all of the horrible things,

that he has done to me,

I had to beg him for forgiveness,

and now he’s become more obsessed.

Dear Officer,

I tried to get away,

but today was my last day.

He pulled out a knife,

and within a matter of minutes,

he took my life.

Dear Officer,

this could have been prevented if something would have been done,

you should have acknowledged the abuse, instead of reporting that there was none,

because someone could have followed up while he was gone.

Instead, you chose to look the other way as if you didn’t see,

I wanted nothing more than to be set free.

Dear Officer,

You left a mother without a daughter,

and a daughter without a mother.

Please remember me and all of the others,

so that this doesn’t happen to another.

On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. For one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men. #DVFacts #Breakthesilence #Domesticviolence #Dearofficer #caitlynneslaw

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, help is available 24/7. Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline now at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY) now.

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Jenifer Knighton is a Community Activist, Journalist, Counselor, and DWI-Education and Intervention Instructor focused on social justice and change. Her mission is to build stronger communities through Hope, Empowerment, Advocacy and Outreach, Resources, and Support.

Houston, TX
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