"My daughters are the central focus of my life right now. I pick them up after school. I take them to the library to do their homework. I take them to the Whittier hills to hike along the trails. One time they found a snake and they were so afraid of it. We went early one Saturday and the sun was just coming up. We heard a rustling in the bushes just next to us. My daughters jumped and yelled, 'What was that, what was that?' So we went over and saw the snake. It was about 18 inches long. My daughters both said, 'Mommy, let's get out of here.' That was something that didn't happen every day so they were so excited.
"I got married when I was 20 years old. While we dated for several years, I think I was too young to see the effects on me of his anger. But after we were married and we had two children and he still didn't change, I didn't want my daughters to grow up in that environment. He still hasn't changed. So now I am training my daughters to look for friends and eventually a husband that will treat them the way they want to be treated, with respect and honor."