In recognition of her work as a dating and domestic violence advocate since her recovery, Melissa Dohme was invited to throw out the first pitch at Monday night’s Tampa Bay Rays baseball game against the New York Yankees. The moment became even more exciting than she had expected when the baseball she was handed read “Will you marry me?”
If you read about this story in the May 13, 2015 issue of Huffington Post, you know this is more than a marriage proposal for this brave young woman. Melissa was a victim of domestic violence and she almost didn’t live to tell her story. Fortunately, Cameron Hill was one of the first responders who helped her after she was stabbed more than 30 times by an ex-boyfriend in January 2012. Cameron and another first responder showed up to see Melissa speak at a church later that year, and he made plans to see her again. A relationship grew and flourished and Melissa and Cameron soon became friends, and eventually started dating.
Domestic violence should never be tolerated by anyone. Through the grace of God, this young woman survived her ordeal. But many do not. Please take action to help spread the word and awareness about domestic violence. Help those who are suffering. Like Cameron, be there to offer help in any way you can. You could save a life – and you never know where it might lead.