Stories of Survival
When Gabrielle was 19 years old, she worked in a shoe store. One day, around closing time, a man walked into the store. Within seconds, Gabrielle says she knew something was wrong...but she stayed silent. "As women, we're raised to be polite and you don't want anybody to feel bad...but my body, my instinct, everything in my being was saying, 'Run. Just run out of the store,'" she says.
Moments later, the man had her co-worker at gunpoint. He instructed the two young women to follow him into the back room.