Posted: Jan 5, 2013 8:15 PM by Kristen Holloway
Updated: Jan 5, 2013 10:51 PM
A powerful day in New Iberia as many gathered to remember and speak out against domestic violence.
"When he really did try to kill me that's what showed me that I needed to leave first chance I got and he stalked me for a year," said Keija Bryant.
Keija Bryant a domestic violence survivor says she's lucky to be alive.
"It was very scary, I was never in a situation like that. I grew up in a good home and I didn't know any family members that experienced that. I felt alone I felt like I didn't have anyone to talk too," said Bryant.
Due to overwhelming response following the tragic death of Ada Nelson at the hands of her husband last month a memorial and rally was held today at Steamboat Pavilion in New Iberia. The rally was geared to remember the victims of domestic violence and help spread awareness against the culture of violence.
"Find a survivor, call the hotlines they have and just find someone who's been through that," said Bryant.
Joseph Battle grew up in a household with domestic violence. He hit his breaking point after the loss of his cousin Ada. Battle says his connection to domestic violence makes this event much more important to him.
"The next stage after physical abuse is death and it doesn't get any better from verbal abuse, it elevates each time," said Battle.
Keija Bryant says that was the worst time of her life but she has moved on since then.
"I'm in a wonderful relationship. I'm getting married next year and I'm in college. I just try to stay focused on my future, who my future holds and my future doesn't hold him.
This rally focusing on a startling statistic, 14 women have died in Iberia Parish due to domestic violence since 2003.