KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Domestic violence is on the rise in Knoxville. According to the Knoxville Police Department, in 2015, there were a little over 17,000 9-1-1 calls, and as of November of 2017, there were already 18,000 reported.
Sometimes in life, tragedies turn into triumphs. That's exactly what Emily-Anne Buck said happened to her. Now a healthy wife and mother of two, it wasn't long ago she was very broken.
"They said, 'You used to be the happiest person, but now you're sad all the time,'" Buck said.
Sad all the time, because back in high school, she said she dated a monster.
"Sexual abuse, emotional and psychological abuse," Buck described.
At the time, Buck said she didn't realize it was abuse, until she started working at the sheriff's office. She said that's when it hit her: she was a victim.
Buck decided she wanted to speak out and make a difference, so she started talking to teens in Knoxville City Schools, and students started opening up to her.
"Students will say, 'Read this text message,' or 'This guy won't leave me alone,' or 'My dad has hit me,'" she said.
Her talks became so popular, her speaking schedule quickly filled. So much, she made the tough decision to leave her job at the sheriff's office after 11 years to pursue speaking full time. She said, "Now is the time to just go after it, and help the kids and tell them they're loved and they're worth something," Buck said.
Buck is booking talks with other groups, in addition to schools.
If you are interested in having her come and speak to your organization, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.