"I didn't want [my son] to think you could treat someone like that just to get what you want," she said. "He truly believed that, had I done what I was told, I could have prevented the injury."
She had $12 when she left.
"I was able to find employment doing odd jobs, construction-type work, anything I could find," she said. "I found a lady that was willing to help me get into one of her apartments."
The intimidation didn't stop.
Her abuser would park in front of her apartment, or drive past it. He made threatening phone calls. She got a protective order, but his behavior continued.
Nearly a year after the bathroom incident, Roby filed a police report. During a bench trial, the abuser confessed to holding Roby against her will, but a magistrate judge found him not guilty of assault.
"My abuser admitted to confining me and holding me there, but the judge felt I was not in fear enough," she said. "After the trial, I could not understand how someone could admit to doing something and still manage to get away with it."
She told the arresting officer, "This is why women don't leave."
Roby started researching state laws. While sitting in a dump truck one day -- she's a concrete worker now -- she wrote down some ideas on Post-it notes. She took the plan to the domestic-violence coalition, which formed a committee to study the idea.
Roby, who became Wirt County's first female volunteer firefighter last year, has been lobbying at the state Capitol to persuade lawmakers to sponsor her proposal. She's gotten commitments from seven delegates and three senators, including a lead sponsor, Senate Judiciary Chairman Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall.
"I do know this law won't change what happened to me," she said, "but if I get to see this law help one person, that's really all the justice the boys and I could ever ask for."
The West Virginia Sheriffs' Association and the West Virginia Association of Counties -- which represents prosecutors and other county officials -- have endorsed the proposal.
"This is going to give us a little more teeth," said Rudi Raynes-Kidder, executive director of the sheriffs' association. "She kind of hit that aspect of domestic violence that has really been overlooked, and that's the confinement aspect. Because everyone goes, "That's not kidnapping, it's in their house.'"
Reach Alison Knezevich at alis...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1240.