A cabin hidden behind a padlocked gate, Revelation and a .38. but Ginger escaped. In 2000 she left with her two boys, her hair wet with the coffee her husband had poured over her head. That day marked an ending and a beginning—for Ginger and countless others whose lives she has rescued or saved.
Ginger Stone won the Outstanding Alumna Award from Athens State University, a really big honor based on the far-reaching effect of her work with domestic abuse. I got to introduce her and present the award.
After her escape and time in Safeplace shelter, she earned a scholarship to Athens State University in Athens, Alabama, and graduated with a BS in Behavioral Science in 2004.
Ginger worked in the court system in six counties, then served on the state board where she successfully lobbied the Alabama state legislature.
She worked with batterers as well as men and women who were victims of abuse.
Her story is in every women’s shelter in Georgia and Alabama; is a teaching tool for social workers and first responders; is used in prisons in Alabama and Alaska and at homeless shelters in NYC and Colorado.
The Georgia Public Radio saw that her story went beyond domestic violence and was an inspiration for those who faced many barriers, so they read it over the air to the blind and handicapped.
Her influence has spread all over the United States. Hence, this lovely award.