An aspiring model’s story is going viral after she posted graphic images of injuries she sustained when her boyfriend abused her. The young girl, who goes by Gabriella, or @bambiiiii_ on social media, is sharing her story of domestic violence to spread awareness. The gruesome photos show her eye stitched shut and swollen, a bloody face, and scars on her chest and arm.
Along with the photos, she wrote this detailed caption, explaining her situation. “This might 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. Nonsense. 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 pool of blood. Doctors said I could have died if not made it when I did [sic].
"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.”
Gabriella’s friends and family are raising funds for her medical bills, and their goal is $3,000. If you are interested in donating, you can do so here.
According to Domestic Violence Statistics, domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women — more than car accidents, muggings and rapes combined. Every nine seconds in the U.S., a woman is assaulted or beaten. If you suspect domestic violence or abuse, or are in an abusive relationship, get help. Thehotline.org provides a number of resources and information for anyone coping with abuse or seeking guidance.
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Amethyst Tate graduated summa cum laude from Middlebury College with a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology. During her time at IBT, her articles have been sourced by various...