A woman in Japan who suffered the worst kind of domestic abuse at the hands of her grandfather has released pictures of herself to tell her story.
The Japanese woman, who only identified herself as "Wild Cabbage" on Twitter said her grandfather repeatedly starved her when she lived with him 10 years ago. The woman from Kyoto in Central Japan’s Kansai region claimed in a tweet that she was "forbidden to eat" by her abusive grandparent. She said he would kick her in the belly when she was caught eating in secret. She would then either spit or vomit out the food, reports said, causing her to shed so much weight that she ended up weighing just 37lbs.
In her social media post, she urged those suffering from similar abuse or eating disorders to speak up and "ask for help before it’s too late". She said when she was eventually rescued, experts told her she was "10 minutes away from death".
The woman, who is now in her 20s, says she has now recovered. She has made a remarkable recovery since she was rescued 10 years ago.
The woman after recovery (left)