#1 Sophia Putney-Wilcox is a high school student who was in a relationship with an abusive guy
Adam Shigwadja was arrested last year after he broke into Putney-Wilcox’s home, put a knife to her throat and tried to force her outside. He was arrested but eventually released on $10,000 bail. He was also ordered to stay away from her.
#2 The two had dated for 17 months until she found out he was cheating, at which point she ended the relationship
After the first incident she applied for a restraining order against him but her application was denied the same day that it was filed. Now another terrifying incident has prompted her to speak to others about domestic violence.
#3 Shigwadja broke into her house again, attacking her with a knife and setting the room on fire
Putney-Wilcox’s brother came into the room, fending off Shigwadja with a baseball bat, which somehow ended up cutting her in the head, a wound which required 20 stitches. She sees the scar as a reminder that she would not be here without her brother saving her. “Every single person deserves better than what I went through and a lot of women are going through,” she said about domestic violence.