Amber Taylor's picture she posted on Facebook that sparked national attention
FAIRWAY, KS (KCTV) -
A local woman's decision to post a self-portrait of domestic violence online has brought her a new beginning she never expected.
Amber Taylor posted on Facebook a photo of herself in the hospital after an attack that got her then-boyfriend charged with felony assault, accused of hitting her on the head with a baseball bat and leaving her unconscious for at least an hour.
Now she's preparing to share her experience on national television as she transforms from victim to inspiration.
When Taylor posted the photo, she said she did it in impulse, out of anger. But what has come out of it has been bigger and better than she ever imagined.
"It's nothing that I expected at all," she said.
Taylor seems so much happier than she was when KCTV5's Betsy Webster met her in tears earlier this month.
She spent Christmas with her family this year after several months of a near-standoff with them over a relationship they felt was bad for her.
"Just having my family back has been the best Christmas gift ever," Taylor said.
She said her fears of leaving the life she knew with her former boyfriend have subsided. Her boss was sympathetic and got her a position at a Papa John's location closer to her relocated home. Taylor also now has a working car to get to work, thanks to Cars for Christmas who gave her a 2001 Jetta with a lifetime warrantee.
"After everything I've been through, now I see it was easier to actually do," she said.
Taylor now looks back and believes it was easier to leave, than to put up with what staying meant.
"It's amazing how many people actually came out and helped me," she said.
Her experience is one she hopes will inspire other women and girls who see her on national television, to know support is there, if a person can just break the silence to ask.
"You can stand up for yourself. There's ways you can do it, even if you have to whisper in somebody's ear and have somebody else take action for you. There's always a way to get out," Taylor said.
So far Taylor has been approached by CNN and self-help guru Dr. Drew to talk about her situation and what she did. The dates for when those episodes will air haven't been released yet.
Austin McCauley, 19, her now ex-boyfriend is scheduled to be in court again on Monday.
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