Scalping victim reaches out to victims of domestic violence

Scalping victim reaches out to victims of domestic violence (VIDEO)
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BOONE COUNTY, KY (FOX19) - The Northern Kentucky woman who allegedly was scalped by her ex-boyfriend, then attacked by his pit bull, spoke about how she's recovering from the horrific incident and helping others.

Marilyn Stanley said Tuesday she's slowly recovering from the incident, and despite the rough road she's been down, her outlook is better than ever after having a doctor's appointment for her scalp.

Stanley's ex-boyfriend, Zachary Gross, allegedly viciously attacked her by scalping her then siccing his pit bull on her inside of his Walton, Ky home in September.

[Related: Police: NKY woman's scalp ripped off in violent attack by ex, his dog]

A month and a half later, her blackened bruises have faded, her scars have smoothed over and her scalp is slowly healing.

"Today I finally saw my head without any bandage on it at all for the first time," Stanley said.

She says it was the first time she did a full interview without wearing a scarf or a hat on her head.  She wanted this act to be a message of bravery of others, especially other woman who find themselves dealing with domestic violence.

Since the incident, she says a number of women have reached out to her via Facebook, asking for advice.

"I acknowledge what they went through and let them know that they are not alone in what they had to go through," Stanley said.

Stanley says helping others has helped her heal and incredibly, her outlook is now better than ever.

"I have been through a lot already in the past and it really has built me up to this. I can honestly say i think I'm in the best place I've ever been in my life," Stanley said.

She says she wants others to know that her story isn't one shrouded in sadness or defeat but instead, a story about a woman's ability to turn adversity into advocacy.

"You make a spark and hope that other people catch the flame," Stanley said.

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