Ashanti Shares Graphic Photos Of Sister For Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Warning: The following article contains triggering language, photos and/or videos related to domestic violence.
Ashanti took to social media in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, sharing photos of her younger sister Shia Douglas, who has previously spoken out about being a victim of intimate partner abuse.
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“It's Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Words will never be able to express the pain, anger and disgust I feel as I relive those moments," the 41-year-old singer began in a lengthy Instagram post dedicated to her younger sister. "But at the same time, I'm so proud of how strong, brave, resilient and unbreakable you are. My sister is a warrior! I love you deeply and endlessly.”
Kenashia "Shia" Douglas previously revealed she was involved in an abusive relationship with her ex-fiancé Slow Bucks, posting graphic photos of her battered and bruised face and clips of her mouth and jaw reconstruction surgery in 2020. YBF reports.
Shia also shared an Instagram post with the photos two days before Ashanti's own carousel.
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"Thank you for being so brave and raising awareness of this nasty, disgusting and sad behavior that so many women are subjected to every day. You managed! You win!” continued the Only U artist. "Some women are so scared they have no way out... By sharing your story, you bring hope, strength, and continue to raise awareness about domestic violence. God continues to bless you every day as you grow, prosper...and pursue your destiny...your heart, mind and conscience are pure...you will get back ALL you deserve!!!”
In Shai's own post, she reflected on their "toxic" relationship, saying she endured more than she should have because she wanted to "start her own family."
“My undying loyalty and strong desire to start a family of my own made me accept things I should never have done. I was beaten, spat on, strangled, pushed to the ground. And been threatened with one?” she shared boldly.
"I look at these pictures and hold grace and patience for the woman I was and everything she didn't know!" Shia continued. "I love her and thank her for her role in my journey. I don't consider myself a victim or a survivor, it's all part of my story, my life and my journey.”
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If you are experiencing domestic violence, are concerned about a friend or loved one, or need help, contact the toll-free 24-hour Domestic Violence Helpline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
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