Enduring an abusive relationship for 16 years would be hard enough on any woman, however Mari had four children with her abuser and that complicated things. Through verbal, physical, and sexual abuse, Darrell- Mari’s significant other- even forbade her to open a bank account or acquire a driver’s license. When money became an issue Darrell forced Mari into commercial sex, offering her services to his friends.

Mari only escaped thanks to Darrell being pulled over for a traffic violation. Fortunate for a keen eye, the policeman suspected something obscure regarding the relationship between the two and contacted Polaris Project. Polaris Project helped Mari and another victim of Darrell’s into better living situations, and Mari continues to struggle with her decision to leave Darrell, however she understands and believes how much better it will be for her children.