Brazilian teenager still trying to remove the face tattoo of her ex-boyfriend that was forced on her after he kidnapped.
After her ex-boyfriend forced her to tattoo his name across the right side of her face, a Brazilian teenager has been trying to remove it for a year.
Tayane Calida, 19, questioned if she was worth living as she battled the constant reminders of what Gabriel Coelho made her endure after he held her hostage and beat her at his house for an entire morning because he did not like that their relationship ended.
I was horrified. The 19-year-old told Brazilian publication G1 she had lost the will to survive. I started therapy one month after the incident. It was terrible, and my mind was a whirlwind.
“I asked myself, ‘Does this make me a bad person?’ After that, I realized the reality: Tayane of today is different. Today, I can see the facts.
Coelho has been sentenced to five years in prison for the incident. Caldas is working on removing the reminder.
Caldas was walking to school in 2022 when Alves forced her into his car, driven by his father.
Alves’ father, José Coelho, took her to the family home where his son disfigured Caldas’ face, inscribing his name near the side of her right ear down to the right side of her chin.
He tied her up and beat her before inking his name on her after she ended the relationship.
Caldas’s mother filed a report of a missing person with the local police and found her at her ex-boyfriend’s house the next day.
The news of her ordeal drew national attention to the South American country, and an aesthetic center offered laser tattoo removal free of charge.
Caldas, who has already undergone six sessions, uses extra makeup to conceal what is left of the tattoo.
She said, “It is already whitened very well. There are letters which have already emerged.” “But I haven’t been able completely to remove them.”
Coelho was embarrassed to appear in public every time.
She began seeing a psychologist a month after the event to help her heal.
I told my therapist that it was scary to meet new people. Caldas said she wanted to be taken back to hug herself and tell her, “You can do it. You are strong.” ‘I was afraid I did not have the strength. Just a little push and some courage are all we need. Many women welcome you with open arms.
She hopes to use her experience with domestic violence in the past to help future victims as an attorney.
Gabriel Coelho received a five-year prison sentence in October 2022.
‘I will take the entrance examination and do it properly by the end of 2024,’ she said. I’m thinking about a career in criminal law. My lawyer is an inspiration. Then I would be able to speak out and, as an attorney, I could assist victims of violence.
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