Domestic violence survivor teaching teens how to spot abuse

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KIRKWOOD, MO (KTVI) – Thirteen years ago, Lois Sexton was thrust into the headlines in St. Louis. Her abusive husband Jeffrey Sexton found shot to death in their Des Peres home.

Three members of her family were charged with his murder.

Now Lois is speaking to teenagers at Kirkwood High School to help them see the signs of abuse and either get out of an abusive relationship or tell someone.

Lois says no one ever told her about the red flags of abuse and the warning signs, the screaming, yelling, pushing and shoving. Lois was afraid to tell anyone. She left once during their marriage and took their daughter to a safe house.

Jeffrey promised the abuse would stop and he would get anger management. But Lois says the abuse got worse once she returned. He used a drill to screw the door shut from the inside so she couldn't escape. The holes in her front door are still visible. She finally escaped for good.

Lois’ brother, father, and brother-in-law were all charged with conspiring to murder him. Her brother was acquitted, her father convicted, but his case was later overturned. Lois's former brother-in-law is serving a life sentence for murder. She contends her family is innocent. She is now focusing on teaching teenagers to stay out of an abusive relationship.

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
National Domestic Violence Hotline