Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- The Richland County Library held an event on Sunday to bring awareness to domestic violence.
"I know God didn't want me to keep quiet because of what I had gone through it was for a reason," Permeco Myers said.
Even in a library, there's few books that could describe her journey.
"I actually thought that I was going to die," Myers said.
Myers dated her on and off boyfriend for years. But in 2004, a side of him she had never seen emerged.
"This is the person who I thought would be protecting me, but he's doing the opposite," she said. "He's threatening me, he's hurting me. "
Myers said he called her names, even pulled her hair.
But, in August of that year, it got worse.
"He actually woke me up out of my sleep, he was strangling me and for a long time his fingernail imprint was still in my neck," she said. "When he put the barrel of the gun into my mouth that was definitely the breaking point."
Myers had all eyes fixed on her at the main branch of the Richland County Library as she told her story.
And although that sounds like the end of it, there's more.
She reached out to Sistercare for help, changed her locks and moved on; however, her boyfriend had not.
"He'd actually broken in and it was like a 20, 22-hour period when I was held overnight and all that happened with the stabbing and everything," Myers said.
She says those memories are still very vivid for her.
However, they've helped her grow into a strong woman.
"I remember where I was and I look at where I am now and I can never forget that because with that part of my life there's just so much peace and that helps with the strength," Myers said.
Myers' boyfriend was sentenced to life in prison.
She currently volunteers with Sistercare to help other women around the Midlands in abusive relationships.