I had just been viciously attacked, beaten, and stabbed 32 times. Looking back three years prior, I remember the exact moment I met this extremely charming, sweet, and funny guy named Robert Burton.
He began attempting suicide to scare me, but would stop and threaten me with weapons to prove he was serious.One night, I had the opportunity, courage, and strength to run away and call the police--and finally, Robert was arrested for domestic battery.We were both saved that night, and thankfully, he is now serving a life sentence with no chance of parole.When first responders arrived, I was alert enough to identify myself and him, despite hemorrhaging severely from cut arteries in my neck.I was airlifted to the hospital where I flat-lined four times, received twelve units of blood, suffered a stroke in my cerebellum, had a fractured skull, nose, and jaw with missing teeth, facial paralysis, stabbed larynx, and was severely beaten.
It's a miracle I am still alive today -- even the doctors say so.According to the CDC, 23 percent of girls and 14 percent of boys will experience dating violence for the first time between 11 and 17 years old.The data includes physical, mental and emotional abuse."It's really important for parents to talk to their kids honestly and have conversations.So if you see something like your child has an anger problem.I felt my shackles of shame and fear release and I could safely end the relationship. 19 stabs to my head, neck, and face; 13 stabs to my hands and arms in an attempt to defend myself.