Abuse Survivor Speaks In Longview - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

3/19/06-Longview

Abuse Survivor Speaks In Longview

A Texas woman who's received national attention over her horrific ordeal, shared her story in Longview. Carolyn Thomas, a victim of domestic abuse, spoke to members of the GLOW Ministries today.  GLOW stands for God's Leading Obedient Women.  More than 100 people went to St. Paul's Church for the conference, to hear the remarkable survival story of the Waco woman.

"Sometimes words can't express having someone like Carolyn with her courage and passion and her decision to want to share her story," said Thomas' friend Dione Jackson.

It was 2003 that Thomas ex-boyfriend shot her mother to death in front of her, then shot her point blank in the face, but she survived. Six months later after rehab she went on to tell the story of her abuse to those who would listen, and those who had been through abusive relationships.

"I've chosen to tell my story so that I can get the awareness out there about domestic violence to let ladies as well as men know that there's someone out there that can help them, their local shelter of the National Domestic Abuse Hotline," said Thomas.

"Well I've counseled a lot of women that have gone through domestic violence in their lives I've prayed with a lot of women, and I know what it's like to hurt and to go through domestic violence situations," said St. Paul's Church member Patti Towles.

She's appeared on Oprah and Larry King and other shows trying to get a simple message to women. "As long as you have positive people around you around saying yes you can, you can get through anything," Thomas said.

Shes had seven reconstructive surgeries already, but she's more concerned with the image she projects to others. "Because they see me moving on, that they feel like they can continue on," she says.

Thomas expects more surgeries in the future to repair her facial injuries.

Bob Hallmark reporting, bhallmark@kltv.com

  • NewsMore>>

  • DPS investigating single-vehicle fatal crash

    DPS investigating single-vehicle fatal crash

    Sunday, May 27 2018 10:46 AM EDT2018-05-27 14:46:22 GMT
    crashcrash

    A man was killed in a one-vehicle wreck in Harrison County. According to a press release, a 2015 Dodge Ram 1500 was traveling eastbound on US-80 when the vehicle went off the south side of the roadway and struck a tree. The driver of the vehicle is identified as Lawrence C. Walls, 49, of Marshall. Walls was pronounced dead at the scene by Judge Mike Smith. His body was transported to Meadowbrook Funeral Home. DPS states that the crash is under investigation. Copyright 2017 K...

    More >>

    A man was killed in a one-vehicle wreck in Harrison County. According to a press release, a 2015 Dodge Ram 1500 was traveling eastbound on US-80 when the vehicle went off the south side of the roadway and struck a tree. The driver of the vehicle is identified as Lawrence C. Walls, 49, of Marshall. Walls was pronounced dead at the scene by Judge Mike Smith. His body was transported to Meadowbrook Funeral Home. DPS states that the crash is under investigation. Copyright 2017 K...

    More >>
  • Tyler police searching for suspect accused of theft

    Tyler police searching for suspect accused of theft

    Saturday, May 26 2018 11:36 PM EDT2018-05-27 03:36:26 GMT

    Tyler police are looking for a theft suspect.  The theft occurred Saturday at 3300 Troup Highway.  The victim is described as a 85-year-old female. According to a report, the woman was followed into the restaurant by a Hispanic male. The male suspect then allegedly stole the victim's purse after she left it unattended.  A witness alerted the woman to the theft. The victim then checked the parking lot and discovered that her vehicle had been taken. The vehi...

    More >>

    Tyler police are looking for a theft suspect.  The theft occurred Saturday at 3300 Troup Highway.  The victim is described as a 85-year-old female. According to a report, the woman was followed into the restaurant by a Hispanic male. The male suspect then allegedly stole the victim's purse after she left it unattended.  A witness alerted the woman to the theft. The victim then checked the parking lot and discovered that her vehicle had been taken. The vehi...

    More >>
  • Veterans hold annual Buddy Poppy event

    Veterans hold annual Buddy Poppy event

    Saturday, May 26 2018 8:59 PM EDT2018-05-27 00:59:06 GMT

     In a tradition of spring, East Texas veterans organizations ask people to remember memorial day through accepting a symbol.  A flower.  Memorial day weekend, a time of reflection and honoring those who have fallen while serving our country.     The gift of a simple 'buddy poppy' has a deeply profound meaning for veterans. Thanks to a World War one officer. "The original story was written and thrown in the trash. John Mcrea dug ...

    More >>

    In a tradition of spring, East Texas veterans organizations ask people to remember memorial day through accepting a symbol. A flower. Memorial day weekend, a time of reflection and honoring those who have fallen while serving our country. The gift of a simple 'buddy poppy' has a deeply profound meaning for ve

    More >>
Powered by Frankly