An Alberta MLA got a standing ovation in the legislature after sharing her harrowing story of domestic abuse at the hands of her ex-husband.
"On September 5, 1972, five days after I was married, I realized there was a problem but could not put my finger on it. Words were spoken and I felt a shiver in my back and a knot in my stomach."
"I didn’t know it then but the trap was being set and I was the game."
"Three times I left with my kids. Twice I went to shelters. Twice I was forced to return or live on the street. Both times I returned and the violence got worse."
"And the threats, which he could have carried out at any time, became more frequent and more intimidating," Fitzpatrick said. "Broken bones, black eyes, sexual assault, and two miscarriages as a result of this abuse were only some of the physical atrocities I had to endure."
One time Fitzpatrick awoke to find a gun being held to the back of her head. There were no bullets as he pulled the trigger, but he promised there would be next time.
“He beat me. He raped me. And then he threatened that the next time there would be bullets, and he would kill our daughters first to hurt me and then kill me. I knew it would be just a matter of time before he followed through on these threats."
“This should never have happened to me or these situations to anybody else. My children have been scarred for their lives and I will be horrified if anybody in this chamber votes against this bill."
Watch Fitzpatrick's full remarks.
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