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Badly beaten, a young woman hopes to “help others get out of it”

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Laury Choinière wants to tell her story to help other victims.


A week after being violently attacked, Laury Choinière, from Bromont, suffers further serious physical and psychological injuries. With a swollen face, this 21-year-old young woman is telling her story today, hoping to help other victims denounce domestic violence.

On December 30, in Brossard, this young woman had to be hospitalized for approximately 24 hours after being hit multiple times. The accused in this case is her ex-spouse, Yan-Philippe Leduc. He must appear at the Longueuil courthouse on January 10.

Photos of the young woman's injuries were posted by many relatives on social networks. Several foreigners also showed their support, denouncing violence against women.

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This photo of Laury Choinière was published on the networks social events after the events.

I said to myself: "That's it, my time is here& quot;, underlines the young woman while speaking of the events.

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While all this was happening, I was thinking about how I might get through this. That's when I had the strength to pick up my phone, which was next to me. I called 911, and it was like called 'ghost', because I never spoke to them. I put my phone between my legs hoping they would hear the situation, she continues.

She believes that the arrival of the police saved her life.

When I looked at myself, I thought I saw a monster. […] It looked like I had just experienced a horror film.

A quote from Laury Choinière

Since the events, Laury Choinière emphasizes that she has received a real wave of solidarity. Many women also wrote to him to tell their own stories of domestic violence. She says she is particularly touched and upset by their messages.

You have to know how to break the "pattern" before it's too late. […] I know I'm not the only woman to be in situations like this. For me, it's important to talk about it to help others have the courage to get through it.

A quote from Laury Choinière

Her mother, Julie Choinière, agrees. She was the one who posted a photo of her daughter on social networks.

We are still on an incredible wave of love. All the testimonies of other women who give you their support… As the mother of a victim like Laury, young girls write to me to tell me about themselves. […] They give a lot of resources too. The mutual support there is, it’s incredible, she exclaims.

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Laury Choinière says that 'she was able to count on the support of her mother and her friends.

Laury will have to be followed at the hospital over the next few weeks, particularly for eye injuries.

Regarding the events of December 30, Yan-Philippe Leduc, aged 27, faces charges of assault causing bodily harm, assault for choking, suffocating or strangling the victim as well as for confining, imprisoning or forcefully seized the victim.

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Yan-Philippe Leduc faces on several counts in this case.

He is also accused of non-compliance with conditions since, during the events of December 30, he was not to communicate with Laury Choinière or go within 200 meters of her residence or place of work.

He is also accused of other assaults against the young woman, which allegedly occurred on December 10.

The Longueuil agglomeration police department confirms that it intervened around 5:25 a.m. on the morning of December 30 and that when&# x27;they found the young woman, she had serious injuries to her upper body. She was then transported to a hospital.

An officer from the Longueuil Agglomeration Police Department indicates that Yan-Philippe Leduc was known to the police. He has been detained since the events, at least until January 10.

In the wake of the story of Laury Choinière, the co-responsible for political files at the Regroupement des maison for women victims of domestic violence, Mathilde Trou, recalls the importance of talking about domestic violence and the resources offered to victims.

We encourage all the victims, all the young women who think that there is something that is not normal in their relationship, something that bothers them, a little light that turns on in their head depending on the behavior of their spouse, do not hesitate to call SOS Domestic Violence or a shelter.

There has a very good test to do online on the SOS Domestic Violence website, where you can see if there is control in your relationship, if there is violence in the relationship. It can really help, she points out.

A victim's relatives can also communicate with the houses accommodation. They will advise them on the best things to do to stay with this person, not force them, respect their rhythm but try to support them to leave this violent relationship, indicates the speaker.

She also argues that violence can take many forms. This could include monitoring travel, preventing women from going to work, imposing rules at home, and controlling all expenses. Yes, physical violence is domestic violence, and this is really highlighted in the case of this young woman, but there is also control which can be more insidious, more pernicious. , then that too, these are red flags that need to be raised and better known.

With information from Zoé Bellehumour

SOS Domestic Violence can be reached by telephone at 1 800 363-9010, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or by text at 438 601-1211.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116