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Dear Editor:

Hats off to a domestic violence survivor for speaking out (“A guiding light from Response,” Oct. 16, 2011, The Aspen Times).

That letter could have been written by me as my story was/is very similar. I too am a domestic violence survivor, have been down the same path and am still walking it today but in a much different way. Presently I am a much stronger, braver and more courageous woman than ever before. Because of Response and my incredible will to survive the traumatic experience of violent partner abuse, as well as the aftermath of such trauma (PTSD, surgery, the judicial system, just to mention a few), I can honestly say I would not be where I am today without their exemplary help. They truly were my “guiding light” as well.

Although I no longer live in the valley, I continue to be passionate about Response and my new Santa Barbara organization, Solutions. October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Please continue to support and donate to these life-saving groups, as without them I fear the worse for victims of domestic violence.

To read the Presidential Proclamation – National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, please go to /

Eileen Bradley

Summerland, Calif.

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