The mom of a teen who was brutalized by her boyfriend just days after graduating from high school is speaking out on social media, hoping to find justice for her daughter and also help other teen girls to know that they are not alone.
“He left shoe-print bruises on her back, stomped her head, and when she ran for safety in the bathroom, he broke [in] and bashed her head against the tub. He has priors, and we’ve been told he also has hit his mother. [It’s] only by the grace of God that my daughter is alive and is recovering. He called 911, threw the phone at her, then ran from the scene and hasn’t been seen since,” Torres Juanita, of Lubbock, Texas, wrote in a June 19 Facebook post in which she shares horrifyingly graphic photos of her daughter’s bloodied head along with an image of the boyfriend who allegedly caused her injuries.
The post has since been shared more than 32,400 times and has inspired more than 15,000 reactions and 7,700 comments, the majority of them expressing anger toward the young man or sympathy toward the daughter, Solidad Analyssa Marie Torres, 18, who graduated from Monterey High School in May.
“She is still in pain and sore,” Juanita (above, with her daughter) tells Yahoo Beauty about Solidad, adding that the boyfriend seemed to have been triggered to attack simply because her daughter had downloaded Snapchat onto her phone. Juanita has been posting on social media using the hashtag #justice4soli and plans to have T-shirts made with the same phrase.
The boyfriend is still missing in action, Juanita notes, adding that, to other young women who may find themselves in abusive relationships, she wants to say, “You’re not alone. Love doesn’t have to hurt. You are worthy and wonderfully made.”
Solidad, unfortunately, is not alone when it comes to statistics on teen dating abuse. According to Loveisrespect, a project of the Domestic Violence Hotline that provides support for teens experiencing dating violence, nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year. Furthermore, one in three adolescents in the United States is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal abuse from a dating partner, and one in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped, or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.
After receiving a slew of stitches for her wounds, Solidad posted an update on Facebook with some photos of her own. “Here’s a little update on how everything’s looking recovery wise,” she wrote. “I’m still in a lot of pain; it goes and comes. Massive headaches. But due to all the visits from friends and family, y’all are making this a lot easier on me. Just wish I could be healed completely. I’m tired of being in pain.”
Support has flooded in for the young woman on her page, with people expressing love and assuring her that this was not her fault. “Prayers continue,” wrote just one of many supporters. “Keep your head up & know that you did nothing to deserve this.”
Teens in abusive situations who need help can reach out to Loveisrespect 24/7 through chat or by calling 866-331-9474.
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