I was holding out on starting up this new blog until I had a bit more time on my hands, but after coming across the story of Gabriella (@Bambiiiii_) a girl who suffered from domestic violence earlier today on Facebook I felt obliged to share it with whoever it may come across an hopefully at them same time touch people who have been in similar situations.
Gabriella was brave enough to publicly open up to the world and show the graphic images of the injuries suffered after her boyfriend threw her out of a moving car following suspicions that she was cheating. Accompanying the image (below) Gabriella wrote:
This night be a little graphic but I just want to let everyone know that I am okay. I am a survivor of domestic violence with a boy I dated for 8 months. I really thought everything was fine but he constantly questioned me about cheating and flirting. Non sense. I never looked at someone the way he looked at me. Thought I loved this boy. How can someone that ‘loves’ me do this to me? The scars on my chest are way worse and extend down to my right nipple, completely scarred. The skin on my shoulder has been completely skinned. And i have bruising on my rib cage, neck, and my muscles. I was kicked out of a moving vehicle, then beaten and dragged, as I blacked out and was left lying there in my own puddle of blood. Doctors said I could have died if not made it when I did. I am so blessed and beyond lucky to be alive and have so much support from friends, family, and strangers. As I try to recover I ask to please keep me in your prayers. I have to wear a neck brace for 3-4 weeks, an arm cast and I can barely walk for now. Thank you for all the love. I hope to be an inspiration to women and anyone involved in domestic violence.
Now I have always been against domestic violence no matter the situation so the story immediately caught my attention. Especially having recently dated someone who was abused in a past relationship. But these images totally shocked me and at them same time gave me a sense of pride. Pride in the fact, Gabriella was brave enough to show them to the world and tell us she’s not going to let him win. What really touched me was her pledge to never let him or indeed any man takes advantage of her again.
Now I’ve always said I don’t understand how a woman can be abused and still remain in a relationship to the point where some have even lost their lives, but I know it’s all a psychological game in which the women a coxed into believing the men love them and are doing it for their own good, again, which is why I have the utmost respect for Gabriella as I think her speaking out will encourage a wave of women to stand up for themselves, have a moment of clarity or finally decide to tell their abuser they won’t take it anymore.
What disheartens me though is the fact that It seems people made up their own details and many of them blamed Gabriella, asking her why she stayed when she saw the signs and even tried to make her out to be the bad guy. Gabriella took to social media to offer some clarity on her attack and wrote to the many people who criticized her:
Aside from the fact, Gabriella seems so have had so much going for her, with dreams of becoming a model, she seems like a strong and powerful young woman and I hope her injuries don’t ruin her appearance and that her story only gives her the opportunity to be an ambassador to women who have been abused whilst making her dreams come true.
Dream’s which seem all the more likely now she’s gone from 1000 Instagram followers to over 80K in a matter of hours.
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