Italian ‘acid attack victim’ shows up her disfigured face, tells others to live courageously
This Italian beauty queen had it all ahead of her: a thriving career as an aquatic worker, singer, and TV presenter. But all that changed when a jealous, jilted, ex-boyfriend turned her life upside down, leaving her to endure endless pain.
Gessica Notaro 27, decided to end her relationship with her boyfriend Jorge Edson Tavares. Not happy with the decision, Jorge waited for Gessica outside her house; when she arrived home he threw acid in her face, leaving her burnt and disfigured.
She had to endure months of agony in the hospital in isolation, only allowed to talk to visitors through the glass, for fear of infection. She required eye drops to help with the pain, and, besides, medication cost her thousands of dollars.
Gessica recently was interviewed in Canale 5’s Maurizio Costanzo on national TV, where she decided to show her disfigured face to viewers. Up until now, she had it covered with a scarf.
“While the acid ate away at my face I was on my knees praying. I prayed to God: take away my beauty but at least leave me with my sight,” she said.
“I want you to see what he did to me. This isn’t love.”
“My face is ruined but my facial features are still there. My mouth is intact. So is my nose. I still recognize myself in the mirror. This eye should have been blind but it isn’t.”
The aspiring singer was relieved to discover her vocal chords were undamaged.
“And the most important thing I found out that night is that my voice is still there. I risked losing it as the acid ended up in my mouth, but I was alert enough to spit it out,” she bravely told viewers.
Victims of assault from their partners are mostly too scared to come forward, fearful of the repercussions. We salute Gessica for telling her story in the hope it will help other women come forward.
Tavares is behind bars awaiting trial.