Nonprofit gives makeovers to trauma survivors

A Brooklyn nonprofit gave out makeovers Thursday to women who have survived traumatic experiences.



It's called "Beauty at the Surface in Honor of Carolee Cephas."



"I met a man, a Haitian man, two years ago," says Yole Cesar, one of the survivors. "He killed a baby inside me. He gave it poison. I don't feel I exist, because people who are supposed to be there with you mistreat you."



Cesar says she suffered financial, verbal and physical abuse at the man's hands.



"We may have been broken down, but we're here to just get together and unify and uplift each other," she says.



Next week, the same women will be invited to a workshop on self-esteem and assertive communication.


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