Local survivor of domestic violence asks NFL commissioner to help spread awareness

Local survivor of domestic violence asks NFL commissioner to help spread awareness

JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - A survivor of domestic violence is launching a campaign to get the National Football League to help spread awareness of the crime.

Rebekah Aitken of James Island, citing the recent rash of domestic violence incidents involving players, wrote a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

"October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. I wear purple. Hey, why don't you guys wear purple one day, just one. Raise awareness that you're not gonna tolerate this, you know that the NFL does not believe in domestic violence."

Four years ago, Aitken thought she had found the love of her life.

She was engaged to be married, but on January 31, 2011 she almost lost her life during an argument with her fiance'.

"We decided that were going to split up and he decided to take it to the next level," she explained.

Aitken says her fiance' attacked her for the next four hours, and also threw her dog on the ground and broke his back.

"I was convinced I was dying. There was no doubt in my mind I was on my last breath, and somehow I remember asking God to get me up or just to go ahead and bring me home."

She managed to get away and run to a friend's house for help.

Aitken survived and since the attack she's thought about helping other victims.

A huge football fan, she saw the video of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching out his then fiancee' in an elevator.

That's when Aitken decided to write the league's commissioner.

She came up with a name for her campaign.

"It was like tackle domestic violence, I like it."

She ordered purple wristbands for people and bandanas for dogs to spread awareness about domestic violence.

"Maybe a purple wristband will be the start of getting us out of being the top ranked in the country for domestic violence and we can move down, even if it's just the second or third next year. You know, it's a start."

Aitken's ex fiance' was given two years probation for the attack.

She is still waiting to hear back from the NFL.

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