A woman was physically and psychologically abused by a former partner for eight years. She was left with the horrifying fear that he would ultimately kill her. Jessica Tasker was brutally beaten by 29-year-old Thomas Parry, the child’s father.
It will take her years to fully recover because the abuse severely damaged her physically and psychologically.
Parry was found guilty in March of this year and sentenced to serve the first two years of a four-and-a-half-year prison term on probation. Jessica is now openly sharing her experience in an effort to increase public understanding of domestic violence and help other victims who might be suffering covertly.
She was 15 when she first met Parry and exhibited controlling behavior that later turned into outright abuse.
He forbade me from speaking with any of my male friends and disapproved of my wearing makeup to school. He forbade me from hanging out with my own friends, she alleged. He would do things like punch the back of my head and pull my hair out. But he never punched me in the face; instead, he would hold my jaw and push it downward. ”.
Bruises can be seen on Jessica’s back, arms, and legs in pictures displaying the full extent of her injuries. He was aware not to leave a mark on my face or something similar. He’d hit my body as a result. Jessica explained creating an email account and communicating with her child via email. In the event Parry ever succeeded in killing her.
However, Jessica was beaten so badly in August of last year that she initially believed she wouldn’t survive.
“I deleted everything because I knew Thomas would check my phone right away to see my chats and pictures. He approached me while I was sitting on the sofa and started strangling me, the woman alleged. “He started to lay on top of me and choke me, and I started to faint. When I finally dozed off, he grabbed my hair and started whacking my head against the sofa.”.
The day after the vicious attack, Thomas Parry proposed to Jessica, but later that day he attacked her once more. He came up to me and started doing various things to me, like spitting and stamping on me. He continued to spit on me after that while also pouring juice on me. He did everything in his power to make me feel less like a person, said Jessica.
Jessica claimed that she needs surgery to repair her jaw as a result of the force Parry used to knock her to the ground and the injuries her legs sustained during the beatings. She went on to say that she summoned the courage to flee her home. realizing that she could never escape the abuse unless she decided to leave.
We were all in the apartment when I summoned the courage to run out the front door and into the street, according to Jessica. Prior to meeting her mother, Jessica first showed the pictures to Parry’s family. who advised her to report the incident to the police.
“As I was telling the police about my experiences, I saw one of the officers crying. That’s how bad my injuries were,” she said.
Jessica is currently struggling with challenging PTSD in addition to the physical wounds she received. “Emotional abuse is, in fact, more harmful than physical abuse. When you look at the pictures, you might think that’s the worst thing, but in my opinion, what he did to my mind was much worse,” she said.
“I simply feel damaged. Some days I feel fine and think I’m free and better now, but other days I just sob because it keeps playing in my head. when you are both physically and mentally unable to leave the situation. It seems so terrifying to leave when you’re with someone like that because of what they might do, say, or think about you. However, it’s not as terrifying as it seems. Recently, I’ve come to the realization that I do have a voice and that I do deserve more. ”.
Jessica wants to inspire others to ask for assistance by sharing her experience. By doing this, she also hopes that others will reflect on their own situations and consider escaping abusive relationships. She explained, “At first, I was hesitant and kept everything anonymous, but I thought that by disclosing what happened to me, it might inspire someone else to take action or realize that they need to leave.”.