'Unmasking Violence' event to help survivors of domestic abuse

One local agency says that a little black dress signifies confidence and a fresh start for survivors of domestic violence.

The Little Black Dress Society is helping women escape abuse and become more independent.

"He pushed me around threw me in the bathroom,” said 46 year-old Michelle Americks as she fought back tears reflecting on what her daughter witnessed for years.

Americks says that she was beaten and verbally abused in front of her 7-year-old until she finally said "enough."

"I didn't want her to grow up in a family with that as a role model for a man,” Americks said.

The Little Black Dress Society provided everything they needed.

The non-profit agency was founded by Amanda Graybill, who says that their mission is for more women to break their silence and unmask abuse which is prevalent in San Antonio. Studies show that the Alamo City is in the worst five counties in the state for domestic violence deaths.

“People don’t want to talk about it,” said executive director Carol Gamble. “You're in it and don't even know you're in it.”

“When we decided to move, and the Little Black Dress Society moved us in half an hour,” Americks recalled.

The non-profit’s funds come from events like the one on Tuesday night at the Scuzzies near NW Military and 1604. It starts at 6 p.m.

There is no cover charge. Just come in your little black dress and be inspired. Men are encouraged to attend as well.

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