Ladies in red against abuse

The Mt Lawley resident said she used to blame herself for the ongoing abuse and rape she suffered.

However, after the birth of her son Riley (3) everything changed.

�I was abused and assaulted many, many, many times over a long period of time; the first one was when I was 19 and I am now 33,� Ms Hinton said.

�The main one had an alcohol and gambling problem and he would come home after spending all of his money down at the pub, drunk and abuse me.

�He would smash my head into the wall and things like that and you become used to it; you think there is no one that can help you.�

After escaping multiple violent relationships, Ms Hinton now wants to empower other women facing similar circumstances.

�The turning point was when Riley, who had got used to the screaming and fighting, walked in one day during an incident, put his hands over his ears and screamed �no no no�; I grabbed him and ran to a neighbour�s house,� she said.

�My dad helped me escape; he gave me money and a place to stay but I am very lucky because many women in similar situations don�t get that kind of support.�

Ms Hinton will host a fundraiser for international charity Red My Lips, at Hamer Park, Second Avenue on April 18, 10am to noon.

The charity encourages people to wear red lipstick, clothes, shoe or accessories to raise awareness about sexual violence and speak out about victim blaming.

�Everyone is invited to come down for a get-together, to story share, support each other and offer a friendly ear or shoulder,� she said.�I hope my story helps even just one woman to stop blaming herself, or reach out for help.�

Gold-coin donations are encouraged, with all proceeds going to Red My Lips.

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