October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Ashanti’s sister Kenashia Douglas is once again opening up about her experience being in an abusive relationship.
Douglas first opened up about the abuse she suffered in 2020, revealing that she had survived a violent relationship. On Sunday, she reshared a series of photos and videos detailing the abuse she suffered at the hands of an ex-fiance.
In the photos, Douglas has bruises all over her body, with the first picture showing her with a black eye. One extremely graphic photo of broken teeth and blood coming out of her mouth and covering her face.
In one of the videos, a man can be heard yelling, “I’m a show you,” repeatedly. You can’t see the person, but he admits to beating on Douglas.
The last video in the carousel shows a mark that goes all the way around Douglas’ neck.
“I thank GOD! My anscestors [sic], angels and guides for pulling me through this Warzone alive! it was Toxic, and it was dangerous not only for obvious reasons but also because to the outside world everything seemed fine,” she wrote in the caption, “but those closest to us knew!”
Douglas writes that the abuse became regular for her. Her loyalty and desire to create a family kept her in the relationship. However, she acknowledges that it was a toxic environment.
“I’ve been Punched, spat on, strangled, pushed to the ground,” Douglas continued. She writes that she was also threatened with a gun.
She added, “I love her and thank her for her role in my journey. I don’t consider myself a victim or a survivor, this is all apart of my story, my life and my journey.”
She dedicates the post to any woman or man that finds themself in a similar position. “Please know if they’ve done it once they will do it again,” Douglas cautions.
On average, 10 million people a year are physically abused by an intimate partner, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, you can call The National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-7233 (SAFE). Additional resources can be found on NCADC’s website here.