Miss Minnesota Shares Domestic Violence Story

Uses 'No More' Campaign to Break the Silence

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One in four women will experience domestic violence at some point in their life.

It’s a statistic a University of Minnesota-Duluth student is standing up against, using her title as Miss Minnesota to break the silence.

For Alexis Adu-Bobi, being in the spotlight comes naturally, but for years, she was in a dark place.

“I grew up in a physically abusive household. My father was physically abusive toward my mother, my siblings, and myself,” she said.

Somehow, her mother had the strength to leave, taking her children from New York to Blaine, Minnesota to start a new life.

But for Alexis, the trauma was far from over.

“As I grew up, I ended up in my own abusive relationship myself, to the point where I had to live in a women’s shelter,” she said.

It was there that Alexis learned to value herself, and now she’s using her experience to change lives.

She is actively involved in the NO MORE campaign which focuses on ending domestic violence and sexual assault.

“It’s a topic that’s so dark and what NO MORE does is it takes it and throws it into the light and is like, this type of issue has no more power over us in society, so let’s talk about it in ways that we can stop it,” said Alexis.

Helping her through the tough times has been Alexis’ pastor, Casey LaCore at The Vineyard Church.

“There’s no doubt about it, Alexis is a fighter,” said LaCore. “She’s gotten to be more comfortable with who she is and that she doesn’t have to fight, she can rest a little bit more, that she’s God’s baby girl.”

With a new wave of confidence, Alexis is paying it forward and giving a voice to those who don’t have one.

“So either you can allow what’s happened to you to define you and take hold of your life, or you can break free from that and turn something that’s so negative, into something that’s positive,” said Alexis.

Alexis will compete in Miss International Florida in July.

If you or someone you know is experiencing any form of violence, click here for help.

You can also contact Safe Haven, the largest direct service provider for victims of domestic violence in the Northland.

The organization is also working with Alexis on a community education campaign this fall. 

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