Jun 20, 2016

Her Thug Boyfriend Scarred Her For Life, The Way She Responded Took GUTS.

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Stories about domestic violence are always difficult to process. No matter how many times it happens, it's hard to fathom that someone would actually cause physical harm to a person they claim to love. The victim's trust in others is shattered — and there's no describing how difficult their recovery from these abusive situations must be. In the end, all you can offer a victim is empathy and a way out — and sometimes, unfortunately, the only way out of a situation is through it.

This young woman definitely had to go through a harrowing ordeal before she could get out of her abusive relationship, and she's got the scars to prove it. As you'll see in the story below, her abuser got what was coming to him in terms of justice. As far as Chantelle Ward is concerned, well, let's just say that she's stayed strong in the face of something no one should ever have to deal with. See more of her story — and the surprising things she's doing now — below.

This is Chantelle Ward.

Before a traumatic event changed her life forever, Chantelle was a vibrant, beautiful young woman.

This is Chantelle Ward.

The following picture is disturbing to look at.

Just 19 years old, Chantelle was brutally attacked by her boyfriend Rhys Culley. She was left with major scars and injuries.

The following picture is disturbing to look at.

Her worst injury was on her upper lip.

Culley bit through Chanttelle’s upper lip completely, leaving her with an altered appearance. He was jailed for eight years for the attack.

Her worst injury was on her upper lip.

It's hard to believe that a relationship could go so wrong.

When it started, they seemed like the perfect pair.

It's hard to believe that a relationship could go so wrong.

They looked happy on the outside, but in reality things were getting worse and worse.

“I was physically and mentally abused by my ex. He wouldn’t let me wear certain clothes or speak to certain people, I couldn’t wear make-up, it was silly things like that which I didn’t realize were classed as domestic violence.”

Chantelle had to relive her horror in front of a jury.

“He tried to bite my top lip off and it knocked my confidence. I have been left with two scars on my top lip and had to go to counseling for a year to get over the depression. I am trying to rebuild my life now.”

Chantelle had to relive her horror in front of a jury.

The healing process was incredibly painful.

Chantelle had to find a way to heal herself both physically and emotionally after the attack.

The healing process was incredibly painful.

She recovered slowly, hoping that there wouldn't be any permanent damage.

Unfortunately, the psychological scars were a bit harder to heal.

She recovered slowly, hoping that there wouldn't be any permanent damage.

As we mentioned, Rhys Culley was found guilty and sentenced to eight years in jail.

A small price to pay for a crime so brutal.

As we mentioned, Rhys Culley was found guilty and sentenced to eight years in jail.

Here, Culley is seen trying to shield his face at his sentencing.

Only time will tell if this abuser will ever be able to face his own demons.

Here, Culley is seen trying to shield his face at his sentencing.

But this story isn't about him: It's about Chantelle, who is recovering beautifully.

She’s also working to be a champion for young women in her situation.

But this story isn't about him: It's about Chantelle, who is recovering beautifully.

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For starters, she had major plastic surgery to repair her injuries.

The doctors have done a great job recovering her lips, and Chantelle tries to fight against feeling self conscious.

For starters, she had major plastic surgery to repair her injuries.

In fact, she's even joining beauty pageants to help her confidence.

“There are so many beautiful girls, I never thought I would be chosen because of my scars.”

In fact, she's even joining beauty pageants to help her confidence.

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Clearly, Chantelle doesn't have any problems winning, despite her perceived flaws.

Here, she’s seen collecting a prize for the Top Model of England competition.

Clearly, Chantelle doesn't have any problems winning, despite her perceived flaws.

After all she's been through, she can't quite believe her current life situation.

“I didn’t think a beauty pageant would want someone like me. It proves you don’t need to be a perfect person. It feels nice that I have been chosen having these scars on my face.”

After all she's been through, she can't quite believe her current life situation.

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