October 11, 2018

Acid attack survivor discusses ‘flawed system that works’ at briefing on domestic violence

By Nick Watson
The (Gainesville) Times

Christy Sims said she had no idea someone in her house would be plotting against her.

As she was getting closer to achieving her master’s degree, her ex-boyfriend was feeling like she was growing apart from him, she said.

“He decided that, ‘You know what. She doesn’t want to marry me. She’s backing away from me. I’m going to make her so ugly that no one’s going to want her,’” she said.

After having acid thrown on her face and body in April 2013, 13 reconstructive surgeries and a trial that put that man in jail, Sims, of Atlanta, spoke in front of Hall County law enforcement and advocates against domestic violence about the “flawed system that works.”

Sims was the featured speaker at the Domestic Violence Breakfast and Briefing Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Thurmond McRae Auditorium in the Brenau University’s Trustee Library in Gainesville.

“One person can destroy our faith in this system. One person can renew our faith in this system. But all of us can make the system work,” Sims said of her experience with criminal justice.

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