The night Coco Berthmann decided to escape the home where she had been abused and raped for 15 years, she turned to a Celine Dion song for hope.
She remembers sneaking from her bedroom at 3:30 a.m., tiptoeing down a spiral staircase, stealing money for a train ride across the country and grabbing her backpack and a cigarette.
“It feels like yesterday,” Berthmann said. “I went to the door, put in my iPod, put on ‘Taking Chances’ by Celine Dion. Then I just ran. I couldn’t feel my legs, I just felt the cold air and the music and I got to the bus station.”
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