The only real difference between Chartrissia Andersonâ€™s story and Marissa Alexanderâ€™s story is the presence of a firearm in the latter.
Both of them are mothers in their thirties. Both have lived in Jacksonville, Fla. Both have had children with a man named Rico Gray. And both were victims of his abuse.
Anderson, whose daughter with Gray is now 9-years-old, knew nothing about the similarities she shared with Alexander until recently. Sheâ€™s known Gray for 12 years.
â€œI knew that (Gray and Alexander) were together and they were married, but I never knew about the violence that took place within the relationship,â€ said Anderson, in an exclusive interview with Loop 21.
The 36-year-old says she only knew about the abuse she alleges she endured at Grayâ€™s hands in 2006. Anderson says Gray punched her in the face for confronting him about his relationship with another woman with whom he has a child.
When she called the police, she learned of the lengths Gray might go to avoid trouble with the law.
â€œOnce he realized that the call had went through, he went into the kitchen and pulled out a fork,â€ Anderson recalled. â€œHis son was thereâ€¦in the tub. (Gray) started stabbing himself in the arm with the fork. He told his son that when the police get here, tell them that I stabbed him.â€