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An Atlanta Woman Was Tortured By Her Husband, And It Was All In Front Of Their Infant Child

Prosper Ortega is on the road to recovery after her husband tied her up and tortured her for days. The attack, which has left the woman blind and deaf, took place in their Atlanta home in front of their infant child. Ortega has worked with domestic abuse victims in the past and wants her photos shared to help other victims.

WARNING: The images in this story are graphic and might be disturbing to some readers.

Atlanta resident Prosper Ortega is recovering after a nightmare you usually only see in movies.

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Right now, Ortega is healing from injuries sustained after repeated abuse from her husband. She is well enough that she was recently reunited with her child.

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A few days earlier, however, Ortega was in the middle of a nightmare.

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The 23-year-old was tortured for days by her husband, Aaron Uchitel.

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During that time, her husband tried to pull out her teeth, tried biting her upper lip off and even tried gouging her eyes out. Uchitel allegedly drugged her continuously to keep her weak enough to prevent her from escaping. “Her ribs are broken. He beat her ribs and breast, saying her milk was useless and she was worthless,” Fawn Ortega, Prosper’s mother, told WXIA-TV.

Ortega’s mother said Prosper wanted photos of her injuries released so other victims would be prompted to get help.

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She also described to what extent Uchitel was willing to go to hurt her daughter: “He tried to blind her so she couldn’t see her baby, he tried to make her deaf so she couldn’t hear him crying for her,” Ortega’s mother told WXIA-TV.

The baby, less than a month old, was in the same room where the abuse and torture took place.

At one point during the abuse, Ortega managed to escape, but was caught by her husband.

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He then cut off her hair and tied her to the bed where he continued to torture her. Uchitel threatened to leave with the baby if Ortega did not comply, so she sacrificed herself instead.

Ortega was finally rescued when her mother broke into the home and fought Uchitel.

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“I fought him. I fought him. I just went in there and I fought him,” Ortega’s mother told WXIA-TV about the rescue.

Doctors are still not sure if she will regain full use of her eyes and ears after the attack, but the family remains hopeful.

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A GoFundMe page has been set up for Ortega and her baby to cover resulting expenses, which will be significant.

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At the time that this story was written, the GoFundMe page had almost reached its goal.

Watch the news report below. Warning: Contains graphic images.

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A 25-Year-Old Mexican Woman Was Killed By Her Abusive Husband After Seeking Help 16 Times From Authorities

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A 25-Year-Old Mexican Woman Was Killed By Her Abusive Husband After Seeking Help 16 Times From Authorities

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Two of the biggest misconceptions about domestic abuse is that a victim needs to leave their abuser or seek help in order to escape their situation. More often than not, a victim has sought out both routes without success. Leaving a situation where one person is being abused by someone they know could be close to impossible. An abuser, at times, will stop at nothing in order to keep a very tight grip on their victim. What makes this matter even worse is that the agencies that are supposed to help victims, ultimately fail them. 

A 25-year-old Mexican woman was killed by her husband even though she had contacted a women’s justice center for help 16 times prior. 

This horrific crime, which could have been prevented, occurred last year, but new details into what led to her death are only now being revealed. According to several Spanish-language news outlets, Vanesa Gaytán Ochoa reached out to the Centro de Justicia para las Mujeres in Jalisco, Mexico, at least 16 times for help. 

According to El Universal, Gaytán Ochoa reached out to the Centro de Justicia para las Mujeres Jalisco for the last time on April 13 to seek out protection from her husband, Irwin Emmanuel Ramírez Barajas only to end up being killed 12 days later. 

“The efforts to prove the degree of participation of the killer were null and void and [the Centro de Justicia para las Mujeres] didn’t even try to locate or inhibit him from carrying out illegal activities,” the Human Rights Commission said, according to El Universal. 

On the day she was killed, Gaytán Ochoa called her lawyer to tell them that her husband was after her. She was advised to go to the governor’s mansion, where a meeting about security was taking place. Gaytán Ochoa took a cab there and did not realize her husband was following her. 

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Gaytán Ochoa stood outside the governor’s mansion, and her husband drove up and hit her with his car. He got out and stabbed her to death. The entire crime was caught on a surveillance camera.

Gaytán Ochoa didn’t do a thing wrong. In fact, she took all of the proper steps a domestic abuse victim is supposed to do in order to escape their abuser. She had a restraining order against her husband, and yet he violated it time and time again. 

“When a protection order is issued, the authority undertakes to guarantee the life of the complainant,” amnesty international said in a statement last year. “This must materialize in mechanisms that ensure that state and municipal authorities have the information, resources, and personnel that allow them to fulfill the duty to safeguard the lives of women effectively.”

Gaytán Ochoa’s husband was ultimately shot and killed by a security guard at the governor’s mansion. But the damage was already done. She was dead, and now people are seeking justice in her name. [Warning: video contains graphic images.]

According to news reports, it’s unclear who is to blame whether it is the center for women or state officials, but what is certain is that Gaytán Ochoa’s requests and demands were left unanswered. 

“From the evidence in the case file, it is not observed that the staff of the public prosecutor’s office followed a clear and serious line of investigation aimed at verifying the crime and sanctioning the man responsible,” Centro de Justicia para las Mujeres Jalisco said according to El Universal. 

The sentiment on social media over her death of Gaytán Ochoa is also being placed on Jalisco Governor Enrique Alfaro. “The murder of Vanesa Gaytán Ochoa outside Casa Jalisco ‘is the sign of a social decomposition that hurts, offends, unworthy, that gives anger’ and we are all to blame for the social decline.”

Statistically speaking, domestic abuse shows staggering numbers. It’s often said that crimes against women are typically committed by someone they know. 

In 2016, Mexico’s female homicide rate reached 4.5 per 100,000, nearly twice that of 2012, a report by the University of San Diego shows. And that number continues to rise. From 2015 to June 2019, at least 3,080 women were murdered in Mexico

READ: Undocumented Immigrants Are Too Afraid To Report Domestic Abuse Out Of Fear Of Being Deported

Cardi B And Offset Bought Their Dream Home In Atlanta On Christmas Day For $5.795 Million

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Cardi B And Offset Bought Their Dream Home In Atlanta On Christmas Day For $5.795 Million

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For almost five years, Cardi B has been on a trajectory of success that is unstoppable. From her first appearances on VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop: New York” to the release of her music singles and partnerships with various companies, Cardi B has not stopped at all. Even when she gave birth to her daughter Kulture, just months after the release of her debut album “Invasion of Privacy,” Cardi B has earned every ounce of her fame. Through it all, she has taken her fans and followers on the crazy ride via Instagram. We’ve gone on private planes with her, seen her eat the most delicious foods, and of course, experienced every luxurious piece of fashion — but nothing compares to her latest acquisition. 

After two years of house hunting, Cardi B and Offset finally found their dream mansion in Atlanta. The couple also gave fans a tour of the whole place.

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The couple closed on their home on Christmas Day and what a present it was. Cardi B was so ecstatic to share her home with her fans. She was giddy and very emotional too. At one point she was about to break down in tears as she walked through the massive living room with floor-to-ceiling windows, but said: “I’m not going to cry, I’m not a p*ssy.” But crying over finally having a home is something to be proud of, and there’s nothing wrong with expressing tearful emotion. 

Cardi B wrote on her Instagram that the journey of buying a house had been a roller coaster. “Houses that @offsetyrn liked there was always a room I didn’t like that we couldn’t agree on ????and a couple of houses that I liked @offsetyrn said NO because the areas they wherein are not too good. We even though about building a house but with a family that’s a bit complicated.”

The house was listed for $5.795 million. It boasts 22,000 square feet of space on 5.8 private acres. It features five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and four half-bathrooms.

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Cardi B guided us through every inch of the house. From the master bedroom to Offset’s man cave basement. There’s also a massive room that will be dedicated to the children only. The home also comes with an office/mini library, but Cardi said that would be the room where Kulture would have to go to during her timeouts. 

Here’s how the listing describes the house. “No expense spared or detail overlooked when building this entertainers’ dream home. Chef’s kitchen opens to fireside fam room & outdoor terrace w/ kitchen & fireplace perfect for al fresco dining. Formal LR w/ 30’ ceilings & solarium. Formal DR. Office. Master on Main w/ fireside sitting room, huge h/h closets & spa-like bath. 4 large upstairs bdr/baths plus a great playroom. Terrace level w bar, 1800 bottle wine cellar, fireside family room & much more. Panoramic views of infinity pool & flat, deep backyard. Four car garage.” But according to Cardi’s real estate agent, as many as eight cars fit in the garage. 

What’s so beautiful about Cardi’s success is that she shares it with her family and friends. She also said we were all invited to her house. No kidding!

Just a couple of days before Christmas, Cardi B’s sister Hennessy celebrated a birthday, and her big sis gave her a 2020 Mercedes-AMG G63 that starts at $126,550.

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We could tell Hennessy was thrilled to receive her new birthday gift because she could not stop saying, “oh my god.” That is literally all she said, but the best part of the video is seeing Hennessy surprised by the car while she was wearing a bathrobe. Classic. 

And just days before that, Cardi B also gifted her man $500,000 for his birthday.

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“You don’t have to give me this money,” Offset said to Cardi B in the video posted on Instagram. “I don’t know what to give you, and I gotta give you something,” she said. “You could buy a car. You could buy more clothes. You could buy jewelry. You could buy me more Birkin bags,” she told him. “You could do whatever … you want.”

We adore Cardi B for being so genuine to those that support her and love her back. 

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With all those checks pouring in, it’s nice to know that Cardi is still pure at heart. We know that just because she has a large house in Atlanta, she will always be heading out to her grandma’s apartment in the Bronx. 

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