This family has been able to overcome this traumatic event through a large support system. They say, ‘We had two hours of hell but months of kindness’. 

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Daily Mail – An Indianapolis family who survived a shocking home invasion by six armed thugs have bravely shared their story as the people responsible are being sent to prison – and have explained why they refuse to let the ordeal define them.

Parents Carl and Eileen Portenza, along with 26-year-old daughter Alli, were asleep in their house in a quiet Washington township subdivision on October 29, 2013, when six armed men burst in around 5am.

Carl, who needs braces to walk due to a neurological condition, was told to stay in bed and held at gunpoint, as Eileen was twice shot and forced to drive to an ATM to withdraw cash.

Both Portenza and her daughter were brutally sexually assaulted.

But the family, who admit to being incredibly close, say there were determined to triumph over evil with the help of each other and their faith.

‘Things like this don’t have to define you,’ Eileen told WTHR, in the family’s first interview about the horrifying incident.

‘And they won’t. Those are almost fighting words for me. We will get through this and we will make something better out of it and I think that’s how you triumph over tragedy.’

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