Yolanda Harris calls her daughter Yonetta “my survivor baby.’’
Nineteen years ago, an assailant slashed Yolanda eight times, vowing to kill her and the fetus she was carrying.
The mother balled up on the bathroom floor of their Roslindale apartment, covered herself with her injured hands, and screamed and prayed as her assailant flailed away with the foot-long knife he had pulled from the kitchen drawer.
Today, a new life awaits that daughter, Yonetta Harris. She will enter the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester on nearly a full scholarship this fall, having spent the last four years balancing rigorous academics, part-time work at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the assorted demands of a stellar three-sport athlete (soccer, basketball, softball) at O’Bryant High School in Boston.
Hers is a remarkable story of domestic violence, followed by recovery and perseverance.
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