Meet Brooke Axtell, the Domestic Violence Survivor Who Performed With Katy Perry at the Grammys

Feb 08, 2015

During Sunday's Grammys, President Obama encouraged Americans to take personal responsibility to stop domestic violence and sexual assault as part of the White House's ongoing 'It's On Us' campaign. After his video aired, a woman named Brooke Axtell went on to share her personal story of domestic violence.

Axtell, an Austin-based writer, activist and performance artist, is the director of communications for Allies Against Slavery, a nonprofit that fights human trafficking. Before a performance by Katy Perry, Axtell told her story of abuse: Her partner became increasingly violent and eventually threatened to kill her, before Axtell told her mother about the incident and sought help.

According to an interview with Slate, Axtell herself was trafficked by her nanny at a young age before entering the abusive relationship in her adult life.

"Authentic love does not devalue another human being," she said at the Grammys. "Authentic love does not silence shame and abuse."

Grammys 2015: Red Carpet Photos

57th GRAMMY Awards - Arrivals
Taylor Swift attends the 57th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Feb. 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, Calif.Jason Merritt—Getty Images
57th GRAMMY Awards - Arrivals
57th GRAMMY Awards - Arrivals
The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Red Carpet
57th GRAMMY Awards - Arrivals
The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Red Carpet
57th GRAMMY Awards - Arrivals
57th GRAMMY Awards - Arrivals
57th GRAMMY Awards - Arrivals
The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Red Carpet
57th GRAMMY Awards - Arrivals
57th GRAMMY Awards - Arrivals
The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Red Carpet
The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Red Carpet
The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Arrivals
The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Arrivals
The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Arrivals
The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Red Carpet
The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Red Carpet
The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Red Carpet
The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Red Carpet
Taylor Swift attends the 57th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Feb. 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, Calif.
Jason Merritt—Getty Images
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