Domestic abuse survivor speaks out - - Jackson, MS

Domestic abuse survivor speaks out

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By David Kenney - bio | email

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A victim of abuse thanks God she is alive.  Her story of survival is almost unbelievable.  Gracie Watson was stabbed 36 times by her husband in a North Jackson parking lot, before he covered her in gasoline and tried to light her on fire.  Thankfully a good Samaritan stepped in and stopped the attack.

"I forgave my husband.  Not only was he my husband, he was the father of our only child, so I forgave him for what he did to me, so I can begin to heal," she said.

Watson is now sharing her story with other women, helping them break their ties to abusive relationships.

"Either a person is going to get killed, or a person is going to jail, so get out of that relationship if you can," said Gracie.  "And because of the resources you can reach out.  You can get out of that relationship."

Henry Watson was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the attack.

Most of the physical scars have healed on Gracie, but she said she still feels the mental pain of the physical abuse her husband inflicted upon her.  She finds therapy through encouraging other women who stuck in abusive relationships.

"They'll tell me you are such a blessing for sharing your story and being there to help me," she said.  "They'll tell me they aren't ready to step out and tell their story, I do tell to separate."

Gracie said her mere existence is a miracle, and she plans to share her blessing of life by helping others.

"I just thank you God for saving my life and sending that angel there," she said.

If you are a victim of abuse or would like to find out how to help, call the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence at 1-800-898-3234 or 1-800-799-7233. 

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