Stephanie Littlewood, a mom of one from Leeds in the United Kingdom, took to Facebook yesterday to share an important message. She details how in April, her partner, Wayne Hoban, beat her “nearly to death,” after she turned him down for sex.
She decided to share graphic photos of her injuries on social media to encourage other victims of domestic abuse to come forward.
She starts by describing the assault:
"He was in a foul mood with me all night and wanted sex with me but because I turned him down he turned angry and aggressive. Ragging me around my bed numerous times and slamming me back onto it leaving me in tears under the quilt, he walked out."
"Seconds later returning ragging the whole quilt off of me and throwing it onto the floor, gripping me by my ankle and pulling me off the bed, throwing me onto the floor he then sat on top of me and strangled me to the floor so i couldn't move continuously punching me 40-50 times to the left side of my face breaking my jaw and knocking out 3 teeth (including a back one) also chipped my front top tooth! He knocked me unconscious & continued to beat me!"
And then pleads for people to share the post in the hopes that it will save another person from the abuse.
"I was rushed to hospital and taken into resus to wait for CT scans as the hospital thought i would be left brain damaged or with a bleed to my brain. 6 months later and I'm still awaiting construction work on my bottom teeth. Not to mention how this has affected me emotionally."
"Today we was in court he has been found guilty as a women beating scum and sentenced to 16 months in prison."
"PLEASE CAN ALL MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY & THEIR FRIENDS SHARE THIS POST AND WARN OTHER WOMEN OUT THERE OF WHAT THIS MONSTER IS!!!"
On Wednesday, Hoban was found guilty of unlawful wounding and was jailed for 16 months. This is a lesser offense than he was previously charged with. Littlewood explained to reporters exactly why she posted the images online:
“I posted the pictures online so everybody knows to stay away from him and so people are aware of it."“It has helped me so much to come out and talk about what he did to me - the amount of support I have received has been overwhelming."“I’ve also had other women who have suffered the same thing get in contact with me to tell me I have helped them to know they’re not alone.”“I don’t have anything to be ashamed of - he’s the one who should be ashamed. I’m not hiding away.”
She went on to explain how she'd managed to cope with her horrific injuries.
“At first I didn’t want to go out - I had so much anxiety, it knocked my confidence loads."“But people kept telling me I couldn’t hide away and it wasn’t my fault and I started to realise that they were right."“He should be the one that’s ashamed - not me. I don’t have anything to be ashamed of."“That’s the most important thing I’ve learned and want to tell other people who are going through this - keeping it in doesn’t help, it’s better to speak out about it.”
Her post has acquired more than 150,000 shares since it was posted yesterday, with hundreds of people praising the message.