Written by Michelle Corrao
September 12, 1996 my life as I knew it was changed forever.
As I was approaching home after a long days work, I noticed three men walking down the street. Something about this was suspicious so I decided to drive around the block and when I returned to my house, they were gone.
I parked my car, grabbed my things and walked up to my door. In an instant, I was struck on the head and knocked to the ground. I raised my head to feel the blood running down my face and a voice threatening to kill me if I screamed as a gun was pushed into my face. I was scared for my life, my pleas to leave me and take my belongings ignored. Unable to escape and feeling terrified and alone, my only hope was to pray for my life and for those that I love, hoping that I would see them again.
It has been a tough journey but my faith and family has given me the strength to overcome. It is now my mission to share my story with groups, organizations and businesses to share sexual assault awareness and to help others who have been victimized.
If you would like me to share my story of hope with your group or organization, please see my Public Speaking page and contact me today.
Detective Arthur Billingsley came into my life twenty years ago to save my life. I am reminded every day how important each day is and each person in my life. Thank you Arthur Billingsley for being my hero today and always. Thank you God for giving me a voice to speak when others cannot.