The Danger Of Domestic Abuse: 8-Year-Old Boy Makes Heartbreaking 911 Call After He Was Stabbed By His Father
October 19, 2018 16:53 By Mambee
Domestic abuse is a very big problem in the United States. One remarkable case is the story of a little boy who managed to save his own life after his father attacked him with a knife.
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According to statistics gathered by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in three women have been victims of domestic violence at least once in their lifetime, and over 20,000 emergency phone calls are made daily to domestic violence hotlines.
A few years ago, one of such calls came from an incredibly brave boy named Anthony Sukto.
"I survived the unthinkable"
Anthony was only eight years old when he was brutally attacked by his father. On that fateful day, the boy called 911 and in the recorded conversation, he could be heard saying:
My mom is already dead, and I am the only survivor.
A decade after this incident, Anthony shared more about what happened that day.
I survived the unthinkable. In total, I got stabbed about eight times.
His father, Tony, who is now serving 27 years for murder, was under a psychotic drug-fueled rage when he attacked his wife and son.
Anthony Sukto is an unbelievable young man. He truly knows the freedom that comes from learning to forgive.https://t.co/4U9KWJGC0O— T.D. Jakes Show (@TDJakesShow) September 8, 2015
Two years after the stabbing took place, then 10-year-old Anthony was a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show and shared his story. At the time, Oprah asked him how he was able to make the 911 call, considering how much pain he was experiencing, and the boy replied:
The angels lifted me up to the phone.
Fortunately, the police arrived right on time and were able to capture the culprit. One of the cops who were present on the scene was Sergeant Mark Eakes. He told Oprah that he sent up a prayer for the safety of the boy as soon as he saw Anthony fighting for his life.
Thankfully, the boy survived. In 2015, he was featured on "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" where he told the media mogul that he has been doing great since the attack.
How to save yourself from domestic violence
If you are experiencing domestic violence, or know someone who might be, it's important to speak up as many cases of domestic abuse often lead to fatalities. ReachOut shares some of the steps you must take.
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- Sometimes, abuse victims may not have enough perspective to see that they're in danger of being seriously hurt. This is why it's important to talk to someone if something is bothering you about your relationship or home life.
- You must leave any situation where you're being abused or where you feel unsafe.
- You should also enlist the help of the police or other places of refuge, like a shelter, if you feel unsafe. It's important that you take action to save yourself. You do not deserve someone to hurt you, or even threaten to do so.
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You shouldn't let things escalate so badly that you, or someone you love, may come to the brink of death. Be strong and determined to fight for your life and escape any situation where it's being threatened.