A brave Tennessee woman posted pictures of her badly beaten face on Facebook to help spread awareness about domestic abuse.
37-year-old Angela Brower posted the pictures after a recent breakup with her boyfriend. The relationship ended because he started to get physically and verbally abusive, but when he came over to her home to retrieve his belongings on May 18, he took his rage out on her.
“The orbital bone around my eye was completely shattered and my nose was broken on both sides and very displaced,” said Brower.
Brower blacked out after the massive beating and when she finally regained consciousness, the man was still hitting her in the back of her head. She pleaded with him to spare her life so that she could raise her children, and after just barely killing her, he left. Brower was treated for her injuries and upon returning home, she decided to bravely post the pictures on her Facebook page.
“Does this look like LOVE TO ANYONE OF YOU?” wrote Brower. “I just want everyone to be aware that I'm NOT posting pics to hurt anyone, nor make them relive any abuse they've been through! I am posting them to make people (especially women) aware of domestic abuse! To let them know this is NOT OK & it's also NOT THEIR FAULT! The abuse only gets worse EVERYTIME it reoccurs! Ladies, you may not always be able to walk away the next time! I want EVERYONE of you to know if you need someone to talk to about anything I would love to talk with you! I Love all of you & just want to be the example for abused/battered women!”
Brower told the Huffington Post that she took her boyfriend back after the first time he hit her, but this second time around, she has vowed to make some positive changes in her life.
"I made a mistake and I took him back, and everything was okay for a little while," said Brower. "If you have never been there, you can’t understand why people go back. Women follow their heart, they love them, they want to believe them when they say they will change, they lose their friends and family and don’t feel like they have anyone.
"I want to raise awareness for women who are afraid and ashamed of what has been done to them," added Brower. "They blame themselves. I want them to know that it is not their fault."
Brower’s former boyfriend has since been arrested and charged with aggravated assault. He is currently being held on a $20,000 bond.