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The Risks of Marrying a Stranger

Kamal’s arranged marriage resulted in 11 years of physical and emotional abuse. After her husband tried to take their four kids away, Kamal risked everything to get them back. Read Transcript


WHEN I LOOK IN THE

MIRROR, I SEE A FACE THAT'S

DEFORMED.

Reporter: 10 PLASTIC

SURGERIES AND AN ARTIFICIAL

JAW COULD NOT RESTORE

CAMILLE DYLAN'S SHATTERED

FACE.

HE WOULD HIT ME A MINIMUM

OF THREE TO FOUR TO FIVE

TIMES A WEEK.

I DON'T HAVE ANY NERVES LEFT

IN MY FACE.

I DON'T FEEL MY FACE.

THERE ARE TIMES WHEN MY PAIN

EXCEEDS 10.

WHEN I JUST DON'T HAVE PAIN

IN MY JAW.

I HAVE IT IN MY TEMPLES,

MIGRAINES, BACK.

Reporter: CAMILLE GREW

UP IN A MIDDLE CLASS INDIAN

HOUSEHOLD.

SHE HAD DREAMS OF THE MAN

SHE WOULD MARRY ONE DAY.

BUT THE REALITY WAS AT 18,

HER PARENTS CHOSE HER FUTURE

HUSBAND, A MAN WHO CAME FROM

A WEALTHY AND INFLUENTIAL

FAMILY.

AS A TEENAGER, THAT WAS

MY DREAM, WAS TO HAVE A MAN

WHO LOVED ME, WHO WOULD

HONOR ME AND SPOIL ME.

Reporter: IT DIDN'T

HAPPEN.

ON HER WEDDING NIGHT, SHE

FOUND OUT WHAT HER NEW

HUSBAND WAS REALLY LIKE.

HE GRABBED ME, RIPPED MY

CLOTHES OFF AND PUSHED ME IN

A CORNER AND RAPED ME.

AND EVERYTHING IN ME DIED

THE DAY THAT I THOUGHT I WAS

GOING TO HAVE A NEW LIFE.

Reporter: AFTER THE

WEDDING, HER IN-LAWS GAVE

HER A SET OF RULES ABOUT HOW

SHE WAS TO TREAT HER

HUSBAND.

WHATEVER HAPPENS IN HIS

MARRIAGE, STAYS IN THIS

HOME.

YOU ARE TO RESPECT AND HONOR

YOUR HUSBAND AS IF HE WAS

YOUR GOD.

SO NOW I HAD ANOTHER GOD.

Reporter: IN THE YEARS

THAT FOLLOWED, CAMILLE AND

HER HUSBAND HAD FOUR

CHILDREN.

BUT THE ABUSE CONTINUED.

HE ELECTROCUTED ME WITH

AN ARK WELDER.

HE TRIED TO TAKE OUT MY

RIGHT EYE.

SAYING I SEE TOO MUCH.

AND HE BROKE MY JAW.

REPEATEDLY.

Reporter: HER OWN

FAMILY KNEW ABOUT THE ABUSE

BUT ABANDONED HER BECAUSE

SHE THOUGHT SHE WAS CURSED.

SHE HAD NO ONE TO HELP HER,

AND SHE WANTED TO LEAVE, BUT

THERE WAS ONLY ONE REASON

SHE STAYED.

THE FEAR OF HIM KILLING

MY FAMILY, FEAR OF HIM MAYBE

EVEN KILLING MY CHILDREN,

KEPT ME.

Reporter: ONE NIGHT

CAMILLE'S HUSBAND TRIED TO

DROWN HER IN THE OCEAN.

SHE ESCAPED BUT SHE KNEW IT

WOULDN'T BE LONG BEFORE HE

KILLED HER.

SHE FLED TO VANCOUVER, WHERE

THEY HAD A SECOND HOME.

SHE VOWED TO RETURN TO INDIA

FOR HER CHILDREN.

I CAME TO A PLACE WHERE I

WAS GOING TO STAY ON THIS

EARTH FOR AS LONG AS HE KEPT

ME ALIVE JUST BECAUSE OF MY

CHILDREN.

Reporter: AT THE

AIRPORT, A KIND WOMAN SAW

CAMILLE'S TEARS AND BEGAN

SHARING WORDS OF COMFORT.

VERY GENTLY SHE SAID TO

ME, I'M JUST HERE TO TELL

YOU THAT JESUS LOVES YOU.

THE MOMENT SHE SAID THAT,

SHE GOT MY ATTENTION.

BECAUSE THE ANGER IN ME JUST

ROSE.

BECAUSE I SAID, REALLY?

JESUS THE MAN, HE LOVES ME?

THAT'S WHY HE ALLOWED ME TO

GO THROUGH ALL OF THIS?

AND SHE SAID, YOU KNOW JESUS

IS A GOD WHO CAN HEAL YOU,

WILL TALK TO YOU, AND WHO

WILL HAVE A RELATIONSHIP

WITH YOU.

I ASKED THAT YOU WRITE TO

HIM, YOU TALK TO HIM,

BECAUSE HE HAS A PLAN.

SO SHE LED ME TO PRAYER.

Reporter: WHEN

CAMILLE'S PLAN LANDED, HER

HUSBAND WAS WAITING FOR HER

WITH THEIR TWO OLDER

CHILDREN.

HE PROMISED IF SHE WENT WITH

HIM, HE WOULD BRING THE

YOUNGER TWO KIDS BACK TO

CANADA.

SHE AGREED.

AT THEIR HOME IN VANCOUVER,

HIS RAGE WAS

UNCONTROLLABLE.

SHE FORCED THEIR CHILDREN TO

WATCH THEM ABUSE THEIR

MOTHER.

CAMILLE'S OLDEST DAUGHTER,

AMY, REMEMBERS.

MY DAD WAS SUPER DRUNK

AND ANGRY.

HE TOLD US THAT HE WAS GOING

TO RAPE MY MOM.

HE TOLD US THAT HE WAS GOING

TO TIE HER HANDS BEHIND HER

BACK.

HE TOLD US THAT HE WOULD

SHAVE HER HEAD.

AND HE DID.

HE STRIPPED HER DOWN.

AND HE HAD HER SITTING ON

THE FLOOR.

THE MOST PROMINENT THOUGHT

IN MY LIFE WAS WAS WHY

DOESN'T SHE JUST DIE?

BECAUSE THIS WOULD ALL END.

IT WOULD BE OVER.

I DON'T HAVE TO SEE THIS

ANYMORE, AND SHE DOESN'T

HAVE TO GO THROUGH IT IS.

Reporter: AFTER THIS

BRUTAL ATTACK, CAMILLE

KIDNAPPED WITH HER CHILDREN

TO A CHRISTIAN WOMEN'S

SHELTER.

HER HUSBAND WAS LATER

ARRESTED, AND THAT'S WHEN

SHE EXAMINED HER LIFE.

I HAD MADE MYSELF NUMB,

AND NOW I COULD FEEL PAIN,

PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL, ALL

SORTS OF PAIN.

ALL OF A SUDDEN I WAS

FEELING THAT.

AND THE MORE I FELT, THE

MORE ANGRY -- ANGRIER AND

BITTER I GOT, TO THE POINT

WHERE I HATED HIM AND WANTED

VENGEANCE.

Reporter: SHE PRAYED

AND ASKED GOD MANY

QUESTIONS.

WHY WOULD YOU ALLOW

THIS?

WHEN WILL I GET MY KIDS?

YOU'RE A LOVING GOD, COULD

YOU PROVE YOURSELF?

Reporter: TWO YEARS

LATER, BY A MIRACULOUS TURN

OF EVENTS, CAMILLE AND ALL

FOUR OF HER CHILDREN WERE

FINALLY REUNITED.

IT WAS LIKE A DREAM.

WE WERE FREE.

WE WERE IN THE LAND THAT WE

WERE PROMISED.

NOW I HAD ALL FOUR KIDS.

Reporter: A YEAR LATER,

CAMILLE FOUND OUT HER

HUSBAND HAD BEEN KILLED.

WHEN SHE AND HER CHILDREN

ATTENDED HIS FUNERAL, SHE

SAYS GOD SPOKE TO HER ABOUT

FORGIVING HER HUSBAND.

I HEARD A VOICE SO LOUD

AND CLEAR, WOULD YOU FORGIVE

HIM?

VENGEANCE IN MINE, SAYS THE

LORD.

AND I THOUGHT, GOD, YOU'VE

SEEN ME THROUGH SO MUCH.

AND HE HAS.

AND, YES, I WILL FORGIVE

HIM.

I WILL LET HIM GO.

Reporter: TODAY CAMILLE

TAKES THE MESSAGE OF HER

MIRACULOUS SURVIVAL TO

THOUSANDS.

SHE HAS WRITTEN ABOUT HER

AMAZING JOURNEY OF HEALING

IN HER BOOK CALLED "BLACK

AND BLUE SORRY."

SHE AND HER CHILDREN KNOW

THERE IS FREEDOM WHEN YOU

ALLOW GOD TO TURN YO YOUR

HOPELESS SITUATION AROUND.

SHE KNOWS HE CAN GIVE YOU A

MEANINGFUL LIFE.

ALL OF THOSE YEARS THAT

WE LOST, HE RESTORED.

HE PUT SMILES BACK ON OUR

FACES.

AND JOY IN OUR HEARTS.

SO I KNOW THAT WITH GOD

NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE.

MY SCARS DON'T DEFINE WHO

I AM.

GOD DEFINES WHO I AM.

AND HE STILL CALLS ME

BEAUTIFUL.

GOD DID AMAZING THINGS.

HE GAVE ME MY LIFE BACK.

HE GAVE ME MY CHILDREN

BACK.

HE GAVE ME A VOICE, AND HE

MADE ME A LIGHT IN THE DARK

WORLD.

AND THESE DAYS, THAT'S WHAT

I DO, I LIVE FOR HIM.

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