In a cramped office at Saddleback College’s veterans center, Vivian Mai, 33, confided in her lawyer. A roommate at her off-campus apartment had assaulted her. The police were called and he fled. She had changed the locks on the door.
“When he laid his hands on me, it triggered my PTSD,” said Mai, who was recovering from a traumatic stint in the Marine Corps. “I’m not doing well. I can’t sleep.”
The lawyer, Antoinette Balta, was firm. “You need to file a restraining order,” she said. “We will help you fill out the petition.”
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