“They really don’t know me at all, they don’t know what happened, they don’t know me and this relationship at all, so I just ignore it,” she said.
And the physical injuries, at least, are not permanent. She is seeing improvement and is confident they won’t be there forever.
“I’m not going to be permanently scarred,” she said. “Currently I am still wearing my neck brace because I’m having my motor spasms, sometimes it gets like a really lumpy feeling in my heart, so I have to keep the neck brace on a little bit longer. My face is almost completely healed, and on my arms and sides those scars are going away. So they won’t be forever.”
She is looking out for her future as well, naysayers be damned.
“I’ve been trying to do modeling and acting for God knows how long now, and everyone’s saying this is going to stop me from doing it, that the scars on my face aren’t going to allow me to fulfill my dreams or whatever, but I’m going to do what I have to do for myself and bring awareness to this domestic-violence situation.”
And for those who may have been in similar situations, or may still currently be trying to get away from their abusers?
“I just want them to know that this was the first time it happened to me. I can’t even imagine it happening several times in a relationship,” Montgomery said. “I just want them to know that they’re not alone, and they can talk to me if they really need someone to talk to and really guide them into showing them what they’re worth. They’re worth so much more than that.”
Breanna Edwards is a newswriter at The Root. Follow her on Twitter.