Woman who survived acid attack was in Las Cruces to talk about domestic violence

Woman who survived acid attack was in Las Cruces to talk about domestic violence

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — A woman who survived a heinous attack after her ex-boyfriend threw acid on her face, is now sharing her story in Las Cruces.

Christy Sims has not only survived a violent attack on her life, she has been empowered by the experience.

Now, she’s traveling around the country sharing her story and helping others overcome the fear of addressing domestic violence.

In April of 2013, the man dating Christy Sims threw acid in her face after finding out she was going to leave him.

The acid burned Sims on her face, chest and arms and left her temporarily blind.

Sims said the attack left her in a coma for two months, flowed by reconstructive surgery.

Woman who survived acid attack was in Las Cruces to talk about domestic violence

“I was burned alive. I’m a survivor of domestic violence and an acid attack. When you’re going through those things, you don’t know why you’re going through them. And when I come and experience these people, when they come up to me if they’re going through domestic violence, it give me my reason to live,” Sims said.

Woman who survived acid attack was in Las Cruces to talk about domestic violence

Fulton County, Georgia – In April 2013, Christy Sims tried to break up with her abusive boyfriend, Andrew Fordham.

Woman who survived acid attack was in Las Cruces to talk about domestic violence

When he sensed the relationship was over, he doused her with industrial grade drain cleaner that contained 93 percent pure sulfuric acid.

Thursday, Sims told her story to students at Doña Ana Community College.

Several students asked questions about how they could help someone they know is suffering from a violent relationship.

“People always say, ‘Well, what can I do about it?’ This is a domestic issue. Talking about it is how you make a difference,” Sims said.

In 2016, the Doña Ana County District Attorney’s Office prosecuted 1,230 domestic violence cases.

That number dropped to 1,188 in 2017. So far this year, there have been 301 domestic violence cases reported.

Woman who survived acid attack was in Las Cruces to talk about domestic violence

“I’ve seen domstic violence throughout my life. I think the thing that really captivated me… was how empowered she felt after she went through everything she went through,” student Rodolfo Ruacho said.

Added Michael Chavez: “It really touches my heart… Being abused by their spouse should not be tolerated by anybody.

Sims said she wants to share a message to those who may be afraid to leave a violent relationship.

“You may not think that you’re strong enough, but you are strong enough. Even your vulnerability makes you strong. You have everything it takes to make decisions that are best for you and your children,” Sims said.

Domestic violence advocates from La Casa said that people who know someone is being abused should call police.

Callers can ask for an anonymous welfare check on the person being abused.

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