Ozarks organization brings awareness to domestic abuse; local man shares his story

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- "It can happen to a teenager, it can happen to a man. it can happen to anyone," said Les Harris.

Les Harris is a survivor of domestic abuse. He was raised in Springfield and attended Parkview High School.

He says at the age of 17 he was in a toxic relationship.

"Fist fighting, hitting me, pulling my hair and things like that," said Harris.

"I could have taken her down if I wanted to, but I was raised not to hit a woman," said Harris.

He says it took him more than 40 years to tell his story because he was afraid of what people would think, especially since he is a man.

But he wants people to know that it doesn't matter your age, race, gender or ethnicity, domestic abuse doesn't discriminate.

Harris says if you need help, reach out to someone you trust, or an organization like Harmony House.

"Talking helps, if you talk about things like that it helps get it out there, it helps begin the healing," said Harris.

Harris kept the conversation going as he helped organize an event to raise money for Harmony House and to bring awareness to domestic violence all over the country.

Harmony House: https://www.myharmonyhouse.org/