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Even her doctors were amazed that she survived, after flat-lining four times and suffering a stroke due to extensive blood loss in the emergency room.
At the time of the attack, Melissa was studying to be a nurse, but in its wake she felt the conviction to advocate on behalf of other women and girls who were victims of relationship violence.
In 2012, when Melissa was only 20 years old, an ex-boyfriend stabbed her 32 times and left her for dead.
She endured an almost unfathomable recovery process, including multiple surgeries and countless hours of physical, occupational, and speech therapy.
Melissa also serves as an Honorary Board Member for Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence, a non-profit organization that works with domestic violence victims, survivors, and their families.
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A native of Eastern Pennsylvania, the half-Italian, half-Black Draya’s career really took off big in 2009, appearing in several music videos which included Walking On The Moon with The Dream Kanye West, with Usher and Nikki Minaj in Little Freak, with Fabolous in When the Money Goes, Honey Stay, The Game in Shake, Under by Pleasure P, as well as Watch The Throne with Jay-Z and Kanye West again.
Draya has modeled and appeared on the both the covers of and/or pictorials for such men’s magazines such as Show, XXL, King, and Black Man.
She believes this work is her calling, and she has already inspired many young women to get out of abusive relationships.
Today, Melissa is finishing her college degree and working 30 hours a week as the Outreach Coordinator for Hands Across the Bay–a Florida 501(c)3 non-profit organization that assists families in crisis and advocates for change.