October 10, 2018

Acid attack survivor speaks in Gainesville as part of annual Domestic Violence Breakfast and Briefing

By Alyson Shields

Christy Sims wears her battle scars on her sleeves. As the first person who has survived an acid attack in Georgia, Sims was badly burned when an ex-boyfriend threw sulfuric acid on her shortly after the pair broke up in 2013. In the past five years, she has worked towards recovering both physically and emotionally. She spends her time speaking to others about domestic violence and her unique situation, and Wednesday she spoke in Gainesville at Gateway Domestic Violence Center’s annual Breakfast and Briefing to a crowd of students, local legal counsel, law enforcement and community members.

“I am the evidence that evil exists. But I am also the evidence that love and goodness overpowers it. I’m going to tell you a story because I want you to understand that this happens to the best of us, the most intelligent of us, the kindest of us.”

Read complete coverage of the event here.