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Defying The Odds

In People on April 30, 2012 at 12:13 pm


It took Karen Fry, a 53-year-old mother of three, 13 years to be able to talk about her abusive relationship.

“For a long time I couldn’t talk about it. But, its like, if you don’t, who’s going to know?”

It started with flattery.

“At first, it was all nice and made me feel good. He would call me just to say ‘how are you doing?’ and to see how my day was. And then it was more constant. Eventually I figured out he was really just checking up on me- it was sweet at first, but boy, he didn’t keep that act up,” Fry said. Read the rest of this entry »


Seeking Help, Seeking Shelter

In Organizations on April 9, 2012 at 1:47 pm


Graduate student Jason Harr has come a long way since his mother’s “situation” as he calls it. He says his mother would not have gotten the help she so desperately needed if it wasn’t for SafeNet.

“I haven’t used SafeNet personally…but my mother did. I feel like that’s pretty personal you know? The people there helped her out when she really had no one else. She doesn’t know where she would be today without that organization. They helped her out so much with everything and most importantly, they made her feel safe, Harr said.”   Read the rest of this entry »

Beaten Battered and Broke

In Defining The Problem on March 1, 2012 at 1:22 am


Mitt Romney recently made headlines when he declared in an interview that he was not worried about the poor because, “they have a safety net.” Romney later claimed that his words were taken out of context.

Karen Fry, a former victim of domestic violence, classifies herself as working poor.

“I just want to get the word out to anyone who will listen about domestic violence and the serious affects it can have on a family- and that includes financially.” Read the rest of this entry »