ZAC Stacy's ex is struggling with PTSD and fears her baby's behavior is different after the five-month-old witnessed her allegedly being beaten by the NFL player.
Kristin Evans, who survived the brutal attack where police said Stacy threw her around "like a rag doll," told The Sun that her baby has had trouble sleeping.
"Will he remember the event itself? I doubt it," said Evans, who's studying to be a psychologist.
"But your nervous system develops from the time the mother becomes pregnant until about five or six, so whatever he experiences early in his life will be a trigger or a trauma response. He will in some way be affected by this.
"And he's definitely already had some behavioral changes already. He's more aware and he couldn't sleep for a few days. He really does feel the change in the environment."
In the video of the November 13 assault, Evans' baby is seen leaning forward after Stacy threw her to the floor and the TV is about to fall on her and he's seen again leaning forward when she lands against the baby seat and then cried.
"He didn't quite know what was going on but he was definitely affected by it," Evans said.
The actual video forces Evans to relive to the horrible assault and triggers post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
She said it was difficult to get through an interview with FOX, which aired the video before talking to her, but hearing from other domestic abuse survivors has given her strength to keep fighting.
"It's very difficult reliving the trauma," Evans said. "When I was on FOX this morning, it changed my whole mindset. You never know when PTSD is going to hit you, and it was hard to do that interview because they played the video and it's still shocking to me.
"But the strength I have is the amount of women and men who have reached out in support."
Stacy, 30, was ultimately arrested and charged with second-degree aggravated battery and third-degree criminal mischief, both felonies.
As difficult as this experience has been and talking about it, Evans said she's doing it to hopefully give other domestic abuse survivors strength to "keep fighting."
"What (domestic abusers) want you to do is become silent because then it goes away," Evans said. "If I stop fighting, then I'm gone and he's gone and everyone can go back to their lives."
While there are details of the case that can't be discussed because the criminal investigation, Evans is using her platform to be an advocate for other survivors.
"I want to speak out for change. This issue isn't going away, so we can keep it relevant until there are changes and bring awareness," she said.
Among them is getting resources for victims, such as money or contacts for a lawyer.
Before the video went viral, Stacy's aggression towards Evans escalated since August.
There were at least two domestic disturbance calls that police responded to since August that appeared to show how Stacy's aggression escalated towards his ex Kristin Evans, according to allegations in police reports exclusively obtained by The Sun.
The Sun - through Freedom of Information requests - revealed that there were at least two other incidents in August and September.
On August 16, Stacy and Evans fought over rent money that Stacy demanded Evans payback, according to the police report.
"When Stacy exited the house and throughout the course of being on scene, Stacy kept menacingly staring while she cried," the police report claimed.
On September 26, Evans called police again and reported that Stacy hit her with a stack of mail across her face while she held her baby, according to the police report.
There were no visible marks, according to the report, but "she has a ringing in her ear on the side she was struck."
By the time police arrived, Stacy was gone and Evans was found "emotionally distraught with tears in her eyes while holding her baby."
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or chat at thehotline.org.
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