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Her daughter's husband raped her and told he would kill her if she pressed charges. 

September 30, 2019


domestic violence



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I was brought from Vietnam, to Houston, with my daughter, her husband, and my two grandchildren. I can barely speak English so I stay at home and cook and clean for my family and watch my grandchildren while my daughter and her husband are at work. 

I have another daughter who lives in Australia and for summer vacation, my eldest daughter decided to go visit her. She took her children with her and told me to just watch over her husband and cook for him while she was away. I was happy to do it.

A week after my daughter had left the country, I woke up in the middle of the night to my son-in-law on top of me. He forced himself upon me and when I struggled and screamed, he laughed and told me that nobody was here to hear me.

The following night, he did it again and when I protested, he told me he would break my leg. 

The next week, I called my youngest daughter and told her what had happened. I begged her not to tell her sister as it would ruin her vacation but my daughter ignored the request and told.


Immediately, they called 911 for me. I had been raped so severely I could hardly walk. 

At the hospital, 911 got in touch with BPSOS – Houston. Because I could not speak English, my case worker translated for me. BPSOS also found me a shelter to stay at as it was unsafe to go back home. My case worker, called my brother in California and arranged for a ticket for me to go and live there. She also applied for a protective order, which she got and referred me to a counselor for all the psychological abuse I had suffered.


Without BPSOS, I would have been trapped in that nightmare. I am now in California, with no fear for my safety because of BPSOS.

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