Whenever I attend a training that is being taught by a police officer, no matter what I’m learning about, one thing always remains the same:
I am going home to my family tonight, I and whether they go home to theirs is up to them.
The point of that sentence is to show us we have to make a choice to survive. We have to choose before we even get into a situation that we are going to fight for our life not worrying about the person who might be attacking us.
In September of 2006, Portland resident Susan Walters came home from her job as an ER nurse to find Edward Haffey waiting for her.
“Not having any clue why he was in my home, I knew, I could feel his intent to kill me,” she says as she explains the details of the night.
That night, Walters had to fight for her life, and ended up winning. Haffey on lost his life that night, but not before saying, “You’re strong,” his last words alive.
In court, she explained that Haffey was waiting for her with a hammer. She immediately began to fight. They struggled a bit, but Walters eventually grabbed the hammer away from him. They fought for 14 minutes, and in the end, with her hands around his throat, she said, “Tell me who sent you here and I will call you an ambulance.”
Later, Walters found out that her husband, Michael Kuhnhausen, hired the man to kill her in their home for a fee of $50,000.
Almost a decade later, her ex-husband will be going before a parole board and could get out of prison.
“Although I’ve forgiven my ex-husband for what he became, and what he did to me and all those who he loved, I cannot forget what he’s capable of.” Walters explains as the date nears.
She’s not worried. Walters is ready to fight again if she has to.
“I didn’t choose my attacker’s death for him,” she said, “I chose my life.”
Susan Walters wants her story to inspire women to fight back.
“If you feel like, ‘wow, I don’t feel like I can do that.’ You can. You’re stronger than you know,” Walters continues.
Something that will ring true in every account of a woman fighting off an attacker and surviving is that they choose life. They are going to live, no matter what the stakes.
Because of her bravery, strength, and mission, Susan Walters is our Wonder Woman Wednesday spotlight.
If you or someone you know is a survivor and has a Wonder Woman story, please email me at email@example.com for a chance to be featured. Your story could save a life. Your bravery could lead the way out of the darkness for someone trapped in fear and pain. Your courage could give another strength to change the world.