Miss Louisiana USA, an advocate against domestic violence, tells Senate panel her story of survival

29 Apr

NOLA.com – Candice Bennatt wore her “Miss Louisiana USA” sash over a dark dress Tuesday (April 28) when she told a legislative panel at the Louisiana State Capitol her boyfriend abused her when she was 16 years old.

A decade ago the young man she thought she loved ruptured her eardrum, fractured her jaw and made her believe she would never be beautiful.

Now 26, Bennatt considers herself a survivor — not a victim, after a long road to recovery. She’s a law student at Loyola’s College of Law in New Orleans and will share her story this summer with a national audience while competing in Baton Rouge in one of the most widely recognized beauty pageants.


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