Audrey explains what happened the day her life changed forever:
Chris was the type of man that constantly accused me of cheating on him. The abuse was emotional. He was a controlling man, he was a jealous man, but he never hit me. I didn’t realize that there were warning signs, because it wasn’t violent. I left school that day, came home, and then I decided to go for a jog. When I came back to the house, as soon as I opened the door is when he bum-rushed me stark naked, with a butcher knife. He immediately took me into the garage. When he first scooped me up, he accidentally cut my pinky, and that’s what put that extreme fear in me, that this was very real. He laid me on the ground first and was trying to rape me, with a butcher knife to my throat. And I was saying to him, ‘What are you doing? I love you. I love you.’ I was trying to do anything to pacify him enough to where he would stop, because I had never seen that type of rage in him. He was saying that our oldest son was not his. He kept saying to me, ‘You better tell me who his father is, or I’m going to gut you like a * pig.’ He then decided to change from a knife to a hammer. He struck me in the head with a hammer four times, and then he threw gasoline at me, grabbed a candle, and tossed the candle at me, and I went up in flames.”
In just that fast, I spun up — because I had been praying to God, saying, ‘God, please let me go to heaven’ — and then I said, ‘This is not going to happen.’ And I began to pray, ‘God, just let me live, just let me live.’ I spun up, opened the garage and ran out. And this neighbor ran to me as I was rolling in the grass and hit me with her son’s jacket. That was it. He’ll never take away my future. He will never take away my happiness. He’ll never take away my character. You wanted the beauty? Take it. You can have it.clicking here.
If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, please reach out for help. Call The National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-SAFE (7233). Help is available to callers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For more information and local resources, go to the National Network to End Domestic Violence: NNEDV.org.