Donna G Robinson...Author & Speaker
Courageous and Strong, a true story of setbacks, brokenness, courage and faith, will offer insight into a life trying to piece itself together, a woman trying to find the strength to become who she once was, and a child of God struggling to understand the reason behind her tragedy.
Chapter 1 - The Attack
I was about two feet away from my truck when he passed me. Suddenly from out of nowhere, he grabbed me from behind, and tried to muzzle my mouth shut. I could feel his fingers pressing against my cheek bones. Instantly my arms flew up in defense and I knocked his hand away from my mouth screaming. He wasn’t but about an inch or so taller than me and he struggled to contain me. It was dark but I could feel his arms constantly coming in contact with mine as he stood behind me. Every direction his arms went, whether up or down, I tried to block them to protect myself. Although things were happening so fast, I tried to fight him off as best as I could. My intent was to turn around and face him to find out why he was doing this to me. I wanted to take control of the situation and stop this from happening but I didn’t get the chance. Suddenly, I fell face forward to the ground. Then everything stopped almost in slow motion. It was dark and silence was everywhere. I looked up and saw him trotting away. With my face to the ground, I could hear his shoes bumping against the pavement as he ran off. I jumped up and followed him for a few feet, screaming.
"For I will restore health unto thee and I will heal thee of thy wounds saith the Lord" - Jeremiah 30:17
Every morning when I awake, I intentionally choose to spend my day exercising my faith and not allowing fear to overwhelm me.
Life brought me a devastating trial with trauma attached that I didn't see coming. It was so overbearing that I didn't know how I was going to survive it.
I became a victim of a violent crime. I was attacked and stabbed one morning while leaving for work. I didn't know that someone had been stalking me for weeks and decided that day to take my life.
I would say that in some way we are all survivors. We have all been through something in our lives. Whether it was a physical assault like mine or a sexual assault, or maybe the sudden loss of a loved one, a divorce or a sickness that invaded our bodies. In some way and some how, we have felt pain.
What's most important is how we recover and deal with that pain. What necessary steps do we take to heal. For me, it was being grounded in my faith, seeking help by attending counseling and joining a support group, and giving back by speaking and writing about my experiences.
I share my story of hope because I believe that if I can survive anyone can. I believe that everyone should have an opportunity to live again and experience freedom. And through it all, I believe that your most painful experience can be turned into purpose that will help others recover and help you heal.
Donna, a native of Louisiana, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. She has worked in the fields of hospitality, disaster recovery and human resources. She spends her free time speaking and writing about her experiences of being a crime victim survivor. She advocates for victims of violence and victims of sudden trauma and prays that her message of faith, hope and healing will increase awareness and greater participation in mental health and counseling. She has been successful in helping victim service providers understand the depth of victimization. Her daily goal and prayer is to increase her platform to allow her voice to be heard.
Courageous and Strong: A Survivor's Story of Hope and Healing
“If you are going through a tribulation as I have, don’t assume that you are the only one dealing with a lot of aftermath. Trust me, we all deal with it. Sometimes I feel like I am in a boxing ring and every time I think I am about to get up, I get knocked back down again. Sometimes I’m not even given a day to celebrate a breakthrough or a victory of trying to see this thing clearly before the enemy sends another curveball my way.
I don’t feel defeated
but if I can only get up I know that I can win this.
I will win this!”
Accepting Speaking Engagements for:
Conferences, Workshops & Organizations
Colleges & Universities
Churches & Faith-based entities
Support Groups & Group Therapy
Topics: Faith, Trauma, Victimization, Health & Wellness, Recovery. Topics can be catered to your specific event.
Speaking & Appearances:
Tarrant County Coalition of Crime Victim Services, Fort Worth, TX
Tarrant County Resource Connect Juvenile Services, Fort Worth, TX
Texas Association of Community Service, Fort Worth, TX,
Tarrant County Juvenile Detention Center, Fort Worth, TX,
Mental Health Resource Fair, Port Allen, LA,
13th Annual Strengthening Youth and Families Conference, Austin, TX,
Calming Sense Podcast
Victory over Violence 5K Run, Fort Worth, TX
Tarrant County Juvenile Victims Panel, Fort Worth, TX
Era Leader Newspaper, Franklinton, LA
Speaking Opportunities: If you would like for me to speak at your next event, please complete the contact information and submit a request.
"People who end up as first don't actually set out to be first. They set out to do something they love."
- Condoleezza Rice