To see her in action, Julie Weil looks like an everyday Mom.
Her life story though, is far more complicated.
Her world, as a busy mother of two was shattered 11 years ago.
"It was very brutal," she said.
It's a story so alarming, even Washington lawmakers - who agree on virtually nothing - stopped everything to listen.
"I'm a Mom from Jupiter and I sat down with congressional staff in the Senate and House and trying to get people to understand, telling my story over and over again," she said.
"It's an amazing lesson to be able to teach my kids and my friends, that one person can make difference."
This petite mom with a thousand kilowatt smile has been to the depths of darkness - enduring hours of abuse-while her children, ages 3 and 8 months at the time, were forced to watch.
He told her he was looking for a woman with children.
"Because it makes you the perfect hostage," she said. "No mother is going to leave her child under any circumstances for anything."
Come with us Monday night, as we share her story with you on NewsChannel 5 at 11 p.m.
It's going to shock you, and then inspire you.
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