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Every year, 10 million women and men are abused by their partners, and one brave survivor joins The Doctors to share her harrowing story of abuse and moving forward.
Audrey had what she believed to a wonderful marriage with two children, but that all changed when she found out her husband had been lying to her for their entire relationship and was married to another woman. After separating from him, she dropped by his house to find him waiting for her with a knife. He attacked her, took her to the garage, where attempted to rape her and then bludgeoned her with a hammer. Audrey’s nightmare only grew worse when he doused her in gasoline and threw a candle at her. She was engulfed in flames.
The abuse and fire left Audrey’s face severely disfigured. “When I first looked in the mirror, I just recall being horrified and only moments later I’m already telling myself, 'He robbed me physically, but he’s not going to robe me emotionally and he’s not going to robe me spiritually.'”
Through the work of the nonprofit organization called Face Forward, founded by Dr. David Alessi and his wife Deborah Alessi, Audrey underwent a truly dramatic transformation. She had plastic surgery to repair her chin and neck area, which had been fused together.
Taking the stage with a smile on her face, she tells The Doctors, “I feel great, I feel like I have my sexy back. I feel more empowered and I’m just ready to take on the world." She says that her ex was sentenced to life in prison, plus 60 years, for what he did to her.
To see more of Audrey’s amazing transformation and to find if she was able to forgive her ex-husband, watch the video below and to learn more about the work of Face Forward, visit their website.
If you or someone you know is the victim of domestic violence please call The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.