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NFL Scandal Inspires Survivors to Speak Out

The NFL has created a new audience for domestic violence education.

A Santa Barbara survivor said that’s a good thing.

Two decades ago, Tracy Sanginiti said she felt stuck with her abusive husband.

The mother of five credits one of her children with getting her unstuck.

She bought a gun to protect herself. Her husband found it and put the loaded gun in her mouth and beat her.

Her daughter told a classmate and when a teacher overheard, people stepped in to help. She ended up in the hospital and in a shelter for battered women.

Her then-husband spent time behind bars.

Sanginiti serves of the board of Domestic Violence Solutions of Santa Barbara.

She said it is typical for victims to feel stuck. They often need someone to speak up on their behalf before they get help.

She is not a football fan but she is glad fans are talking about the issue.

Parents watching their kids play a junior varsity game at Carpinteria High didn’t give pros any slack.

Parents said their kids think of famous athletes as role models.

Some said they didn’t think the NFL should give the athletes or the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a second chance.

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