Domestic violence is real. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence estimates that in the United States about 20 people are physically abused by an intimate partner every minute. In one year, that is about 10 million men and women.
Domestic violence can be defined as willful intimidation, battery, sexual assault, or physical assault by one intimate partner against another. Carleigh Hager, 25, fell in love with a charming man named Ryan Cameron,26.
The couple seemed to have the perfect relationship in the pictures that were posted on social media.
Within just a few months, Cameron started to abuse Hager verbally.
Then he punched her in the stomach when she cried.
Then in October, Hager suffered serious injuries when Cameron attacked her. The assault started with yelling and name calling. Then, according to Hager, Cameron tried to rip her tongue out with his bare hands.
Cameron bit her ear, nose, and fingers. Then Cameron put his hands over her mouth and nose so she couldn’t breathe. Some of Hager’s friends called the police. Hager has gone to social media to warn people about the dangers of domestic violence.
Hager pleaded with people to not ignore the warning signs. If you are in a relationship and are being verbally or physically abused – tell someone. If you know someone that is being abused – get them help.
Hager almost died because she didn’t tell someone. Don’t be ashamed or embarrassed – get help. IN the U.S. the number for the National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-7233. Visit their site for an online chat session.