Domestic Abuse Awareness
A Biloxi woman opens up about her past to help raise domestic abuse awareness.
Christy Pickering shared her experience with domestic abuse with students at USM’s Gulf Park campus during the event “Girl, You Deserve Better.”
She shared her journey of 21 years of verbal, mental and physical abuse from her ex-husband. The mother of two says she targets her speech toward college-aged women because that’s the age she made some of the biggest mistakes. “They have to learn what I know now,” said Pickering, “So they don’t go through the 21 years I went through. That’s why I started talking. That’s why we, my husband and I, and this is my happily ever after that I met when I finally got healthy and happy, we are going to travel to whatever university will have us so we can start sending this message.”
Pickering also shared her road to finding happiness. She divorced the man who abused her for over 20 years, focused on her mental and physical health and is now happily married.