“It was one of the worst nights ever. I woke up thinking, ‘Is she still alive?’ He used a blowtorch to brand her, used knives on her, dragged her through the hallway naked by her hair. He threatened to kill all of us in front of her.”
“The thing that stays with you is hearing your mother scream and not being able to do anything.”
It’s not quite the usual X Factor sob story is it? Tonight on the show, finalist Jahmene will describe the shocking domestic violence he experienced as child, and tell how Women’s Aid provided vital security and support at a refuge.
Without them, Jahmene would probably have watched his mum become one of the two women killed EVERY WEEK as a result of domestic violence.
But refuges are closing all the time – including the one where Jahmene’s mum fled and took him less than 10 years ago. That’s why during the busiest week of his life he contacted Women’s Aid. He’s desperate to help the charity that changed his family’s life. And we were happy to help him do just that by enabling people to Text SAFE to 70123 to give Women’s Aid a £3 gift.
Tell your friends. You can be sure Jahmene will be doing so.
And good luck tonight chief.