When I was 15 years old I left home. My home and my father had become so dangerous that I thought I was going lose my life. I remember telling my mom “He’s going to end up killing me.” And pleading with her to protect me by making him leave. The embarrassment and my father’s voice telling me that I was crazy and I’m overreacting has kept me from sharing my story with people. Brene Brown and her work have given me the courage and permission to share my story.