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Where the escape money came from.


I went to work as a secretary in the computer center at Doheny Eye Institute on the UC Medical Campus. Most of it was misery. H refused to drive me to work and I was left to make do with the bus system to get from Altadena to Los Angeles. It required changing buses twice in some of the worse areas of LA and took me two hours to get there and two hours back. By car it would have twenty minutes.

It was exhausting and I had to turn my entire pay check into H. Otherwise, Sovay disappeared.

One day, I was sent across campus to drop off some records and pick up others. The rain was sleeting down and I was already tired when the day started. I came in through the only door that was not carpeted, reached the nurses station and my feet slipped out from under me in a puddle of water. I went flying and landed on my bad leg.

The result was a worker’s comp claim. My attorney was a nice man. One day, while I was meeting with him (following a very hard round of H screaming at me for hours), I broke down and told him the whole story.

He thought I was the one sending him all those faxes. But it was not me. It was H.

Once that was out, my attorney did two things for me. He was specialist in worker’s comp, and could not help on a lot of other issues, but he began helping me in other ways.

He stopped responding to H’s faxes. We arranged a system so that he would know if the fax actually came from me or not. And he helped me hide a portion of the money from the worker’s comp claim.

He also informed me of how to do the research.

H never knew that he only had half the money in his hands. I set up a mail drop and a secret bank account. When I left with my mother, I had a car waiting for me that H did not know existed.

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2 comments on “Where the escape money came from.

  1. Mary J.
    June 8, 2008

    I applaud your strength. My mother was married to an abusive man. She gave him chance after chance. She also turned her back when it came to what he did to me and my siblings. She finally left him after he literally tried to kill her. He explained that after he finished with her he was going to shoot us and burn the house down. I am glad that domestic violence laws have changed. He wasn’t even charged with assault. They put him in jail for 30 days for having possession of a gun that wasn’t liscensed to him. My mother got a restraining order, he showed up at our home while they were still married, I called the police, but due to laws at the time, the police said that despite the restraining order, and no matter that he didn’t live there, that because they were still married he had every right to be there. Anyway… I applaud your strength for sharing your experiences. I think it’s important for those who are in abusive relationships to know they can get out.

  2. cussedness
    June 8, 2008

    It’s very important for people who escaped from those relationships to share their stories. It’s an offering of hope.

    Thank you for sharing.

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This entry was posted on May 20, 2008 by in Janrae Frank.

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