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Austin woman delivers powerful domestic violence message at Grammy Awards

Austin woman delivers powerful domestic violence message at Grammys

KVUE — The woman who gave the emotional spoken word piece about ending domestic violence and human sex trafficking at the 2015 Grammy Awards is based in Austin.

One in five women in the U.S. has been a victim of rape or attempted rape. This startling statistic was given by President Barack Obama during his message at the 2015 Grammy Awards Sunday.

Brooke Axtell took the stage after President Barack Obama's message to deliver a spoken word piece about domestic violence and sex trafficking. "Authentic love does not devalue another human being. Authentic love does not silence, shame or abuse," Axtell said.

Axtell is a survivor of domestic violence and sex trafficking. According to ABC News, Axtell is a poet and activist in town, running communications for Allies Against Slavery. She also serves on the board for a therapeutic program called The Refuge Ranch.

Axtell called her experience "surreal," and was grateful for the opportunity.

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Brooke Axtell delivered a spoken word piece at the 2015 Grammy Awards. Courtesy of brookeaxtell.com