By Leilani

LifeBuzz Staff

Domestic Abuse Survivor Finds Her Beauty Again In This Underwater Photo Shoot.

According to The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey conducted in 2010, about 20 people are physically abused by an intimate partner every minute. That's in the U.S. alone.

People who have experienced domestic violence face not just physical impacts but mental and emotional ones as well, which can result in loss of work, anxiety, depression, and in some cases, suicidal tendencies. Through inner strength and support from others, these people are able to go from victims to survivors.

Today, we are honored to share Saundra Crockett's story with you.

Saundra was in a rocky marriage with an addict. Although she had a beautiful son and daughter, the family lost their home due to the husband's addiction. And while celebrating her 28th birthday, Saundra discovered him cheating with another woman. He didn't apologize. Instead, he was fuming.

He took her outside where he yelled at her and beat her. The blows left the young mother unconscious, and she later suffered from Necrotizing Fasciitis, a bacteria that made her face swell and decay. It took 28 surgeries to remove the infection.

Saundra has since gone back to school, graduated, and gained employment with a great company. She also serves the community as a member of the Patience Advocacy Board for Face Forward, a non-profit organization helping victims of violence on the road to recovery. They specifically focus on providing facial reconstructive surgery and emotional support services.

Together with other survivors and public figures, Saundra worked with conceptual underwater photographer Gisèle Lubsen, designer Dalia Macphee, and Face Forward for an incredible underwater photoshoot inspiring victims of violence to reclaim beauty and power.

The public figures involved in the shoot include journalist Ashlan Gorse Cousteau, actresses Chloe Farnworth and Nia Peeples, and boxers Sugar Shane Mosley and Shane Mosley Jr.

Continue reading to learn more about the process of this amazing campaign, what it meant to the participants, and how you can support them.

Saundra & Missy, Survivors

After facing abuse from an addict husband that left her with emotional and physical scars, Saundra has picked up the pieces and helped other women in the healing process. She was excited to participate in the Underwater Campaign Face Forward LA.

'I know for me, because of all my scarring, there's nowhere I'm gonna go where someone's not gonna go and, you know, you feel that,' Saundra said alongside her daughter Missy.

'And underwater, I think it would be fun to just relax and float,' she added. 'Life is a gift. There is so much beauty.'

'The transition from victim to survivor is remarkable,' says Daisy, another survivor.

'The part of me that dies comes back to life and reminds you how beautiful life really is.'

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