Many women who stay in abusive relationships
whether through fear, lack of options or the belief that they can “change” the abuser – can become a link in a ‘chain of abuse’ if children are involved. In an unhealthy environment, sons can learn to emulate their father’s behavior, disrespecting the women in their lives. And daughters can begin to think that this type of relationship, where physical, mental or emotional abuse happens, is normal and they can fall into a pattern of tolerating abusive behavior.
This realization was the catalyst to empower me after enduring 21 years in an abusive relationship to finally walk out the door, children in hand, to reclaim my independence and inner strength.
On the outside, everything was normal. I was raised by a loving family and became a successful business woman and community leader. As my career as a CPA was being spotlighted, the darkness in my own home was becoming more and more secluded. Recognizing that many strong, capable women are domestic abuse victims, I hope that by sharing my story, I can help expose what has remained behind closed doors for far too long. My message is simple, stay strong…and girl, you deserve better!
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Christy would love to speak at your next college conference…….
Christy Pickering, Motivational Speaker
Christy has experienced many things in her life. From her college days to starting her career as a CPA to serving on various corporate, charitable and state appointed boards. But the one experience that has shaped her life the most is the two decades of abuse that she endured at home and the courage it took to finally walk out the door, children in hand, to reclaim her independence and inner strength.
Christy took that experience and began speaking to college women in 2015. She found through delivering her message “Girl, You Deserve Better!” that she needed to leave her audience with more than she could share in a one-hour message.
And so, she wrote the book “Courage”, telling her story about the abuses she endured, the lessons she learned and how she ultimately found happiness.
University of Southern Mississippi
70th Girls State Program Speech
MS University for Women
Alcorn State University Commencement
University of Southern MS Gulf Coast
Biloxi High School
Domestic Violence Conference
University of Mississippi (Ole Miss)
Alcorn State University
Delta State University
Success Women's Conference
Mississippi State University
Mississippi Valley State University
USM Gulf Coast Commencement
Jackson State, WHEMN conference
Vicksburg’s Domestic Violence Conference