COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A local woman is sharing her story of survival with intentions of bringing hope to other victims of domestic violence. She was stabbed 21 times just three weeks ago.
Police say 27-year-old Alexander Jasmine stabbed his common-law wife nearly two dozen times. He was arrested for attempted murder and assault.
The victim just had the staples removed from her stab wounds in her head two days ago. Her common-law husband reportedly hurt her once in October, but this time it was much more violent.
"This was the first place he got me," Jessica Conway explained as she motioned to her throat. "I felt him get me in my throat and the first thing I thought was he's going to cut my neck."
Conway says Jasmine just snapped. Arrest papers obtained by 11 News state it all started when she told him she was seeing someone else. It ended with a crime scene last month on the northwest side of Colorado Springs. Police say he used a kitchen knife to stab her more than 20 times.
"The one went all the way through, so I had a small cut in my mouth too," Conway said.
She was able to escape and had a neighbor call 911.
"I just remember telling them 'please don't let me die, please don't let me die,'" Conway recalled.
According to a new study released by the UN, most of the murdered women worldwide were killed by their partners or family members.
Courtney Sutton is the support and safety manager for TESSA, a domestic violence advocacy group in Colorado Springs.
"The four S's that we looked for with legality are 'specific threats,' 'strangulation at any time throughout the relationship,' 'sexual assault,' and 'stalking behaviors,'" Sutton said.
A local photographer helped Jessica document her physical wounds.
But Jessica hopes others can learn from her before it's too late for them.
"I never really thought that he's going to kill me because we love each other and we've been together for so long," Sutton said.
Jessica's recovery is especially challenging because she is is basically starting over now. She is self-employed and hasn't been able to work.
In the meantime she lost her apartment, too. She has a GoFundMe page up. Click here to help.
Her common-law husband is still in jail.
If you or someone you know is the victim of domestic violence there is help available 24 hours a day. Call TESSA's crisis line at 719-633-3819.