How to Help Survivors Experiencing Domestic Violence
August 30, 2023
December 3, 2021Say Her Name: Kristin Evans
A video of former NFL player Zac Stacy recently surfaced that depicted horrific abuse against his ex-girlfriend, Kristin Evans. While their five-month-old son was mere feet away, the video captures what many viewed in horror, Evans being thrown against the living room TV. How could this happen? How could he do this? Shocked, many people think that this is an isolated occurrence.
But at CASA, we know that incidents like this happen daily, often times against our neighbors, our friends, our family, people we know and love. For Evans, the abuse has been happening since May.
In an recent interview with FOX News, Evans said, “The physical abuse began in May. I didn’t report it. I was pregnant at the time. I wanted my son’s dad to be there for me and for the birth of his first child. So I forgave him. It was absolute hell, and I know women have gone through worse. To feel what I felt, I can’t imagine for it to be worse.”
Evans also disclosed that, like many other victims, she has experienced online harassment after coming forward about her experience. She said she has been blamed and asked what she did to “deserve the abuse” and has said, “No one could ever do anything to deserve what I have been through.”
When Stacy was arrested in Orlando, Evans planned on speaking at his bond hearing to try and convince the judge to set his bail higher. Due to a last minute change in the hearing time, Evans instead had to watch as Stacy was released.
Stacy’s bond was set at $10,150. He quickly posted bond and surrendured his passport after his hearing. He was instructed not to contact Evans.
However, she said she fears for herself and her family’s safety.
We commend Kristin Evans for her bravery, her willingness to share about her experience. We encourage you to say her name, to share her story instead of sharing the video of this incident. We encourage you to hold Zac Stacy accountable by unfollowing him on all platforms, not participating in any sort of victim blaming online, and following and supporting organizations like ours working to hold batterers accountable day in and day out.
This is a developing story.
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