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Teesside:Teen stripped naked and beaten by boyfriend reveals how she found strength to report him after YEAR of abuse.

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A brave teenager stripped naked and kicked down the stairs by her violent boyfriend has revealed how she finally found the strength to report him after a year of abuse.

Grace Weatherill was left scarred for life after her then partner Cassius Harrison subjected her to a series of vicious attacks.

Now the 19-year-old has opened up about her horrific ordeal after seeing Harrison jailed, reports.

Grace says she was terrified when Harrison, also 19, lashed out after she received a text from a family friend who was simply wishing her a ‘Happy Christmas’.

Harrison knocked Grace unconscious with a single blow, leaving her to wake up on the bedroom floor.

Grace, from Normanby, Teesside, said: “He had gone through my phone when I had gone downstairs and found a text from a friend of mine who he didn’t like.

“I walked back into the room and he literally jumped on me. He head-butted me and knocked me out and even told me go to hospital when I came round because my nose would not stop bleeding.”

Grace claims after suffering violence at the hands of Harrison for more than a year, she finally found the strength to report him.

Harrison was jailed for 20 months for five separate assault charges including assault occasioning actual bodily harm at Teesside Crown Court.

Grace said: “I can honestly say that I have never been so scared of someone in all of my life. At first, things were good between us, but he soon became possessive and controlling.

“I thought I would never escape him and at the time I was frightened to go to anyone for help or protection as I feared that something worse would happen.

“He made me feel like I didn’t have a place in the world and that I was worthless.”

Grace added: “I don’t leave the house alone now, when I get in my car I lock the doors, if my garden gate slams I think it’s him and I can’t sleep, I am a nervous wreck, living in fear 24/7.

“He used to hurt me physically and mentally and would often stand over me and tell me I was ugly or fat.

 

“I used to sometimes tell myself that all the abuse and beatings would be half acceptable if I had actually done something wrong.

“He would make me believe I had done something wrong. But I never left the house as I wasn’t allowed to, I wasn’t allowed to socialise with friends or even go to the bingo with my mum.”

Grace says she knew she had to get away from Harrison for good when he forcibly removed all her clothes and threw her down the stairs.

She said: “I was round his house when we started arguing over something stupid.

“He locked me in the house and took my bag and phone, then he ripped off my clothes so I was completely naked. I actually thought this time he was going to kill me.

“He kicked me up and down the stairs repeatedly until I curled up into a ball in hope he would think I was unconscious.

“I then heard him running the bath with scalding hot water and him shouting down the stairs, ‘you just watch what I’m going to do next’.

“I could see the landing filling with hot steam and I knew he wanted to hurt me.

“At one point he even got a knife from the kitchen and threatened to slice my face open so ‘no one would want to look at me’.”

Grace managed to distract Harrison while she climbed through a small window to get away.

She said: “I knew I had to get out of the house. I was embarrassed to be naked but I made it to my car. It was like something out of a horror film.”

Grace, who works as a health care assistant at Middlesbrough’s James Cook University Hospital, told how she has finally started to get her life back on track, and is now reaching out to other victims to speak out.

“I would never want anyone to go through what I have done – I thought that I was going to die.

“I just hope by telling my story I can encourage others to tell the police and get justice.

Grace managed to distract Harrison while she climbed through a small window to get away.

She said: “I knew I had to get out of the house. I was embarrassed to be naked but I made it to my car. It was like something out of a horror film.”

Grace, who works as a health care assistant at Middlesbrough’s James Cook University Hospital, told how she has finally started to get her life back on track, and is now reaching out to other victims to speak out.

“I would never want anyone to go through what I have done – I thought that I was going to die.

“I just hope by telling my story I can encourage others to tell the police and get justice.

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Abiy Ahmed wins the 2019 Nobel Peace Award

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for immersly efforts to end two decades of hostility with longtime enemy Eritrea.

Though Africa’s youngest leader still faces big challenges, he has in under two years in power begun political and economic reforms that promise a better life for many in impoverished Ethiopia and restored ties with Eritrea that had been frozen since a 1998-2000 border war.

“We are proud as a nation,” the prime minister’s office said in a statement, hailing a “collective win for all Ethiopians, and a call to strengthen our resolve in making Ethiopia – the new horizon of hope – a prosperous nation for all.”

It said the prize was meant to recognize “all the stakeholders working for peace and reconciliation in Ethiopia and in the East and Northeast African regions.”

The Nobel Committee’s decision appeared designed to encourage the peace process, echoing the 1994 peace prize shared by Israeli and Palestinian leaders and the 1993 award for moves towards reconciliation in South Africa, said Dan Smith, head of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

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