My name is Autumn, I'm a 24 year old QPoC, Afrolatin@ college student, community activist and part time instructional assistant.
For the past four years, I have been living in what I now understand is an abusive home. This was a long and brutal lesson, however, upon making that realization I started trying to leave.
I had been saving up money for the past month to move out but when my dad suddenly passed away February 5th I had to use all of my savings to cover expenses related to his death and getting to the funeral.
Anyone and everyone who knows me, knows I hate asking for help, however my situation has become so volatile I'm desperate enough to ask others, even strangers for help now.
I have already researched women's shelters in my area, and considered them with much thought but cannot utilize them or other traditional survivor's resources because I have companion animals. My companion animals help with my anxiety, and other pre-existing illnesses further exaggerated by the environment I live in.
I'm trying to raise a minimum of $2700 to rent a studio apartment and pay at least 4 months rent in advance so I can start my emotional recovery [therapy] and physical recovery [escaping] the unhealthy environment I live in.
ANYTHING anyone can do to help is greatly appreciated, and I guarantee that it will not be wasted, as once I get myself off my feet I plan on returning to activism and opening up a Women's Community Center for women like myself who have found themselves in an abusive situation but have children [male children] or pets and can not use traditional domestic violence victims' assistance programs.
Bless you all, even if you can't donate please share my story.
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