Woman shot in the face turns abuse into a story of triumph

Johanna Orozco went to Penta Career Center on Wednesday, educating students the first signs of abuse aren't always physical.

PERRYSBURG - A Cleveland woman uses the scars of her past to educate students on dating violence.

Johanna Orozco spoke to students at Penta Career Center in Perrysburg on Wednesday, educating them the first signs of abuse aren't always physical.

"People think, 'Once he or she is hitting me, then I need to get out of there,' but mental and verbal abuse is just as wrong," Orozco said to the audience.

Her romance with a boy whom she knew since childhood turned violent after breaking up their teenage romance.

The boyfriend became enraged and obsessive, stalking her repeatedly and eventually raping her at knifepoint.

The acts eventually worsened; the ex-boyfriend shot her in the face in 2007. The gun shot shattered parts of her lower jaw, causing her to undergo several operations to restructure her face.

She has made several national appearances upon her recovery, including The View, 20/20, and the Oprah Winfrey show.

Her mission has pushed several laws to be enacted in Ohio in 2009.

"Tina's Law" requires Ohio public school districts to include education on dating violence through prevention training and consultation.

House Bill 10, also known as "Shynerra's Law," gives teen civil protection orders -- a protection that wasn't provided for juveniles when Orozco was shot in the face.