TNA Knockout Jade Opens Up About Past Domestic Violence Incidents, Remaining Quiet, Talks TNA’s Support, #PutTheNailInIt Campaign, More

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TNA Knockout Jade, real name Stephanie Bell, recently spoke with The Huffington Post regarding past domestic violence incidents, and her new “PutTheNailInIt campaign to help raise domestic violence awareness and support victims of domestic violence. Below are some interview highlights:

On a past domestic violence incident in which her then-boyfriend put her in a headlock:

“When he finally let go, my then-boyfriend just left me there and I’m wondering what the hell just happened. Was he legitimately trying to hurt me? Because it was a headlock, and we’re both wrestlers, I justified it as maybe it was him trying to playfully end [the argument]?”

“It got more and more regular that if I said something he didn’t like he would get violent. One time I was in bed and we had a disagreement, so he left the room but came back in to head-butt me. Then he started to choke me. In fact, whenever he didn’t like something I said, he would choke me. Soon down the line, I realized that his mindset was because I’m not hitting you, it’s ok. Because I’m not leaving a mark on you, it’s ok.”

On remaining quiet about the incident:

“Women athletes, CEOs, those in power, we feel this pressure to be a role model to other women, to be strong, that we don’t want to let them know our struggle. I didn’t want to be known as a ‘victim.’ I was also trying to get on TV, so if I tell my story, would this mess up my career?”

On the support offered by TNA:

“TNA has always been supportive. My ex would work with TNA and once they found out I had the order of protection, they wouldn’t have him near me.”

On her new #PutTheNailInIt campaign:

“I started getting more and more support from people who knew what the campaign meant or asked why my nail was painted.  So, painting my nail became my secret way of telling the world ‘I’m a survivor.’ And, so, the #PutTheNailinIt campaign helped me a lot. For the first time in a long time I felt support from other people. Now, I want other survivors to know ‘I believe you.’ It’s ok to leave. It’s ok to speak out. It’s ok to seek help.”