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Victim Of Brutal Acid Attack Hopes To Bring Strength To Women

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Atlanta, GA- An Atlanta woman's life changed forever, just one year ago.

In an instant, Christy Tucker-Sims became the victim of a brutal acid attack at the hands of her then boyfriend.

The attack disfigured her face, and sent her into hiding. Now, she wants the world to see her scars.

She hopes to send a message of strength to other domestic violence victims.

She sat down with Fox 5’s Lisa Rayam to tell her story, hoping it might change lives.

“I’m learning to accept the fact that I won’t be able to go back to the life I had before," Christy explains.

Life behind the mask and the sunglasses began in April 2013.

Her then boyfriend, Andrew Fordham Jr, became angry about a looming breakup, tossed sulfuric accident all over her body, and all over a beaming face.

Nearly a year after Fordham made a chilling 9-1-1 call saying it was an accident, he was indicted by a henry county grand jury for aggravated assault and battery. Christy immediately saw a door open to help others.

"Someone hurt me to a level that is unbelievable and people need to see that," she says.

Christy wants other victims to see her face unveiled as "her banner" that she hopes will call more attention to the issue of violence against women.

"This is a moment I have been praying about for a long time,” Christy explains as she removes the veil. “This is emotional for me.”

"This is what domestic violence looks like. This is what it looks like," she continues.

Christy calls the unveiling painful, but necessary.

“I want people to know that domestic violence is not just a woman's issue,” Christy explains. “What happened to me had nothing to do with me."

With that revelation, Courageous Christy began the search for a new self.

Christy set off for Baltimore, where one of the nation's top burn reconstruction surgeons is trying to help.

Dr. Robert Spence has begun her re-constructive surgery.

In two surgeries, over the course of 5 days, Dr. Spence removed all the scar tissue from her cheeks and eventually replaced it with new skin grown by way of a stomach extender.

He gingerly patched her new face together.

All the while, Christy dreamed of a miracle that comes with no guarantees.

“Christy knows that she can’t expect to go back to looking normal again,” Dr. Spence explains.

He says in order to remove scars, you have to leave scars, but he hopes his land Christy a little closer to peace.

At the end of a very long journey will no doubt be a face, fueled by faith, standing up for the victims who simply can't; the faceless.

"My face will be something that I can use to propel me to the next level."

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