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Surviving A Traumatic Life Event

Debra  Puglisi Sharp speaks to people on how to survive a traumatic event. Saying children were her main inspiration. Debra Puglisi Sharp speaks to people on how to survive a traumatic event. Saying children were her main inspiration.
Darla Thurman says victims have the right to be heard, to be informed, to get restitution and to receive treatment. Darla Thurman says victims have the right to be heard, to be informed, to get restitution and to receive treatment.

If you are a victim of abuse or a crime, you have rights that protect you.

Debra Puglisi Sharp was at the 7th Annual Women In Criminal Justice Conference today to share her story of not being a victim, but a survivor of a brutal crime.

"Help me, help me, help me .....he's the one that killed my husband."

That was Debra's desperate cry to the 911 operator as she made her escape after being brutally raped and beaten for five days by her husbands murderer. Now she tries to inspire and help other victims survive.

"God gave me a purpose to be a survivor who would go on and help other victims and share my message, and show them you can survive a horrific crime, if you make the decision to reclaim your life."

Debra speaks to people on how to survive a traumatic event. Saying children were her main inspiration.

"I knew that if their mother didn't move on as a survivor that it would influence them for the rest of their lives."

So Debra encourages other victims to end the silence and speak out, because resources are available to anyone who wants to end the silence.

Darla Thurman worked in victim services in Randall County for twelve years.

"Whatever that victim needs, we're going to find a way to get it.  Whether it's referral to a counselor or a therapist, assistance with paperwork, maybe to get restitution through the Attorney Generals office, victim compensation, whatever it is that person needs, sometimes they may need transportation to court, and we're going to make sure that they have that."

Thurman says victims have the right to be heard, to be informed, to get restitution and to receive treatment.

Debra says that her mission is to end the silence through public education and awareness.

"Bring awareness, educate our public on how we need to treat our victims, how law enforcement needs to know how a victim really feels, what they deserve."

So you too can be a survivor, Debra has written a book called "Shattered: Reclaiming A Life Torn Apart By Violence". The book tells her full story and offers inspiration on how to move forward with your life if you have been a victim of abuse or a crime. You can also visit her webpage at www.puglisisharp.com or email her at deb9033@aol.com . Her book is also available for purchase at www.amazon.com

If you are a victim of abuse or a crime and you need help, you can call victim services at 378-4258.

 

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