Domestic violence survivor starting program in Lampasas

Posted at 4:40 PM, Oct 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-30 17:40:00-04

Sonia Renee Prado has a smile on her face, but it has not always been that way. 

"First husband he had slapped me really hard, where I had a bruise, and I would just cover it up with makeup," said Sonia. 

Her second relationship was not any better. 

"He'd hit me, pull my hair out. He'd choke me," said Sonia. 

"She kept on going back, and all I did was pray to God to take care of her," said Tina Prado, Sonia's mother. 

Eventually, Sonia's children were taken from their home. 

"I didn't get support. I went through CPS with my child. I did lose my children to that," said Sonia.  

Sonia said she found refuge through a family violence program in Bell County.  

"I was so thankful, those classes I went through. I had women that were you know with me that they understood me," said Sonia.  

It's a program she said is needed in her county. 

"There are so many other people that probably need help, and they don't know where to go," said Sonia.  

Sonia is now looking to expand the support group to Lampasas.

Her mother agreed that getting help is one of the only ways out. 

"If you're out there and you see your kids getting hurt, you know when they're getting hurt. Be there to support them. Get them help," said Tina.

"I almost died and I guess God said it wasn't my turn," said Sonia.  

To get the program started in Lampasas, all she needs is five domestic violence victims to sign up. 

"Your job is not to change them. You could change who you are for their acceptance. Or you can change and get out and find someone that truly does love you," said Sonia. 

For more information, you can contact Sonia through her "Weak No More" Facebook group.

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