The Real Housewives of Atlanta came together for a very special cause in Sunday night's episode. Kenya Moore organized a shoot with the ladies to film a PSA to raise awareness about domestic violence.
RHOA pal Shamea Morton opened up about her experience with physical abuse with her ex-husband in the PSA. She showed her gratitude to Kenya for giving her the opportunity to share her story in a heartfelt note on Instagram Tuesday. "I’d like to thank @thekenyamoore for allowing me to be apart of it and for helping me to share my story. I won’t lie, it was difficult. Something I’d suppressed for a while but sharing it has been therapeutic. I was nervous and a bit ashamed. Something like that wasn’t [supposed] to happen to me... I was embarrassed," Shamea shared. "The outpouring of love and support that you guys have given, means more to me than you’ll ever know. As I write this post on my honeymoon, in the Maldives, I’m reminded of Gods Grace and Mercy. Wow! Look at where he’s brought me from. If you or someone you love is experiencing abuse PLEASE get help."
Kenya, Shereé Whitfield, and NeNe Leakes also opened up about their experiences with domestic violence during the episode. Cynthia Bailey's mom, Barbara Morris, also shared a heartbreaking story about what she went through with her ex-husband, which you can view in the video, above.
Cynthia opened up about hearing her mother's story in her latest blog on Bravotv.com. "I was sad and proud of my mom at the same time when I heard her testimonial at Kenya's PSA shoot. My mother has never really openly talked in detail about her domestic issues regarding her past relationships with me and my siblings. We knew that she had dealt with domestic violence in her life, but didn't know how much, how bad, or how it was still affecting her life today," Cynthia wrote. "I know that it was extremely difficult for my mother to address this part of her life publicly and allow her voice to be heard in Kenya's PSA. Actually, I was surprised when she told me that she wanted to do it, and honestly at the last minute she wanted to back out because she was worried about what her friends and family would say. I encouraged her to pray about it. To follow her heart and her spirit and do what she wanted to do. Not to worry about what the world thinks because it's her life and her story, not the world's. I was so proud that she did the PSA, because I know she will not only empower other victims of domestic abuse to standup, but also finally be able to heal herself and get the closure she needs to move on with her life."
Get your first look at the next episode of RHOA Sunday at 8/7c, below.