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Homeless woman tries to inspire others

Rochester, N.Y. - A local homeless woman, who found herself on the street after being abused by her former spouse, shared her story at a forum on homelessness Wednesday.

The forum was held to share results of a study that links homelessness in women with traumatic events in their lives.

Milagros Bursey has been living at the YWCA for a year. She says the organization saved her life.

She also admits, there was a point when the abuse was so bad, she almost killed her former husband.

"One of us would've died. I had a shotgun in my hands once and I almost shot him," said Bursey. "It was by the grace of God I didn't know how to load the gun, so I cocked it to scare him he ran down the stairs and called police."

Her story backs up the findings of the report by the Wilson Foundation, which found that 93 percent of women who are homeless have experienced a traumatic event in their life such as sexual or domestic abuse.

That is important for those who help the homeless so they can provide the right services for these woman and children.

"The trauma is something that we need to think about because the trauma symptoms and the severity of those symptoms are stress disorder and that has a severity on the family's ability to succeed and also the children's overall well-being," said Megan Bell of the Wilson Foundation.

Bursey said what helped her is being welcomed at the YWCA and made to feel at home.

She also has a son, who she says is doing fine.

 

 
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