When Lillie Brown was married in March 2002, she never thought she would be a victim of domestic violence.
But five weeks into her marriage -- everything changed.
"He just started beating me," she said "He never spoke a word. There was a rage and a look in his eyes I had never seen before."
Lillie was beaten so badly she had black eyes, bruises and welts on her body for more than three months.
Lillie knew the only way she could survive the beaten was if she got away -- and she did. she found refuge at the Crisis Center of Anderson and Cherokee County.
"I never would have made it without them."
The crisis center gave her a place to stay, paid her medical bills, and gave her counseling. Lillie says without the crisis center she may never have gotten over the abuse and the months of looking like what she called a monster.
Today, Lillie is sharing her story with women everywhere so more women will realize they do not have to live with abuse.
She is also trying to get the word out about the crisis center.