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Locked Down, Locked Out by Maya Schenwar

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Chapter 8Telling Stories

“We need to trust people to be the experts on their own lives.”

—Domestic violence survivor interviewed by the StoryTelling & Organizing Project

Although Angelica’s entrance into the world undoubtedly ranks as my family’s most significant event of 2013, followed by Kayla’s reincarceration, the loss of a dearly loved inanimate object nears the top of my Big Deal list. On a sleepy late summer evening shortly before my sister gives birth, I’m ambling across the parking lot of a Seattle restaurant late in the evening with two old friends. We’re relishing the warm breeze and chatting about the possibility of ice cream.

But one of my companions stops short, two feet from my car.

“Oh my God,” she says, low. “The window.” The ...

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