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    We live in an era in which tragedy strikes much too often. Though we may watch the news of tragic current events happening across the world every day, it truly opens our eyes to hear about it happening in our very own city.

    Last week on August 28, Tilisha “Ty” Thomas, a 25-year-old student at the University of Louisville was brutally attacked in her own home near the Highlands. She had just arrived at her East Broadway apartment during her lunch break from work that afternoon when an intruder approached her with a gun and a knife and attacked her in the most brutal ways imaginable.

    She only survived the attack by pretending to be dead. Once her attacker fled the scene, one of Thomas’ many neighbors came to her aid after hearing several screams for help. Thomas used her own cell phone to call 911, and her neighbor reported the attack to the dispatcher as Thomas was in critical condition and unable to speak. Thomas’ life was ultimately saved once an ambulance finally rushed her to the hospital, which is where she currently remains.  

    While Thomas was being attacked, all but one of her many neighbors remained in their homes listening to the screams of terror and even a gunshot all while never calling the police. For this reason, Thomas wants to bring awareness of violence against women to the community of Louisville. Though she has been through more terror than many will ever experience in their entire lives, Thomas still believes in humanity and is striving to become an advocate for women and children who have also been victims of violence.

    In order to overcome this severely brutal attack and bring awareness to Louisville, Thomas and her family have started a fundraiser through Go Fund Me. With the money raised, Thomas will pay off her medical bills, move to a new apartment, and ultimately do wonderful work in our community to better the lives of victims of violence.

    Thomas asks for prayers in her time of recovery. To make a donation, visit her Go Fund Me fundraiser. For more information on how you promote awareness of violence against women, visit Women Thrive Worldwide

    Photo courtesy of WHAS11

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