Mom shares heartbreaking story about marriage and betrayal that empowers women across IG and beyond

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Editor’s note: This article contains mentions of sexual abuse and incest. Please be careful while reading and note helpful resources at the end of this story.

The poignant story of a mother who overcame violence helps others heal.

Venus Morris Griffin is a mother of seven from Georgia. Looking at her, you wouldn’t know everything she went through. She’s the #1 real estate agent in Augusta, has sold $500 million in property, sent all her kids to private schools, and is now happily married.

However, that is not how his journey began. Griffin has shared his now-viral 13-part story with Humans of New York – a story that is both heartbreaking and triumphant.

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Griffin told In The Know that she went public with her story not just to help others, but because of a promise she made.

“During the darkest time of my life, when I was worrying about supporting my six children both emotionally and financially, I made a deal with God,” she said. “I asked if he would help me through our very public family tragedy, I would share my story to help others. I’m fulfilling my end of the bargain.

More than ten years ago, after a tumultuous family upbringing, Griffin found herself in love with Tripp Morris. In public, Morris was charming and well-liked. He was president of the PTA, football coach and Bible study teacher. In private, however, he would turn out to be someone else altogether. Over the years, Morris began to abuse Griffin, both physically and emotionally. Griffin didn’t know it, the abuse was just the beginning.

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But, wanting to raise a happy family, Griffin stayed with Morris. With the help of a sperm donor (due to Morris’ fertility issues), they had six children together. Griffin believed she was a good wife keeping her family together and going through counseling and therapy to try to help Morris.

But as he inflicted more violence on their family, she ultimately concluded that the right thing to do was to protect her children. The abuse only got worse as he racked up hundreds of thousands of debts to sex workers – and sadly, Griffin would later find out he was sexually abusing his daughter.

The mother decided to leave Morris and get his real estate license to free her family from their debts. She regained control of her life and, above all, protected her children, who were relieved to learn that they were not Morris’ biological children. Morris is currently serving a 45-year prison sentence.

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Reporting abuse is never easy, especially when the abuser is publicly liked. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, “Abusers repeatedly go to extreme lengths to keep the victim from leaving. In fact, leaving an abuser is the most dangerous time for a victim of domestic violence.

“I recognized who my real friends were when I was struggling,” Griffin told In The Know. “A lady I met at church, who wasn’t necessarily my best friend, showed up and helped me with work, so I could be home in time for dinner with my kids. .”

Knowledge helped Griffin when money was scarce for little in exchange.

“She was a true friend when I desperately needed her,” the mother said. “The ladies I thought were my best friends in church were the very ones who turned their backs on me and judged me after my husband was arrested.”

Griffin shared some advice for those struggling with difficult situations.

“With hard work, determination and faith, there is nothing you cannot do,” she advised. “Be respectful of all. I treat my $100,000 homebuyer with as much respect as my million dollar homebuyer. Assume personal responsibility. This is the only way to regain the power you need to improve your future.

Now Griffin travels the world, giving motivational speeches and sharing her story to inspire others. She also established an annual scholarship fund to help children whose parents are incarcerated. She is happily remarried and is now the mother of seven children and grandmother of two beautiful granddaughters.

If you or someone you know is dealing with domestic violence, confidential and anonymous help is available 24/7. Please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY) now.

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