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Tampa DV victim talks after boyfriend's arrest

Posted: 9:29 PM, Jan 19, 2016
Updated: 2016-01-20 04:39:56-05

It has been nearly three months since Chrissy Dior says she was beaten nearly to death by her ex-boyfriend.

Dior said Christopher Anderson beat and kicked her the morning of November 5 after they went on a date together.

“I am diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I have nightmares, and I am going to therapy,” Dior said.

Until Anderson was arrested by the US Marshals Tuesday morning, she lived a life in fear.

“I couldn’t sleep. I would wake up at all hours of the night. I feel like tonight, for the first time in a couple months, I will be able to sleep,” she said.

Dior has undergone nine surgeries to reconstruct her face.

Tampa Police say Anderson not only beat Dior with his fists, but stomped on her face, skull, and neck while wearing boots. Anderson and Dior had just come home from a date night.

She suffered multiple facial fractures and nearly lost her eye. Luckily, her eye did not have to be removed, and surgeons were able to suture her from the inside so she will not have scars.

Dior also avoided having to have her jaw wired shut. Dior now has a plate in her cheek, a metal bar to hold up her eye, and she has dozens of screws in her jaw.

"There is a lot of hardware going on in here right now," Dior said while pointing to her face. According to Dior, surgeons nicknamed her Humpty Dumpty because her bones were shattered like an egg shell.

Dior said Anderson doesn’t deserve to get out of jail.

“I hope they throw the book at him, because that is where someone who is capable of this belongs,” Dior said. “The rest of us aren't safe with people like that walking around.”

Dior hopes her attack will give other women in abusive relationships the strength to come forward.

“Too often we turn a blind eye to it. The women are afraid to speak out, and the next thing you know, the next girl is not so lucky,” Dior said. “It does not make me any less of a woman to become a victim.  You should never be ashamed to speak out."