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The Texas woman on the run from an allegedly abusive boyfriend who went viral after she was seen ringing doorbells in the middle of the night says she forgives the man who prompted her getaway.

The woman, who opted to remain anonymous, told local ABC affiliate KTRK that she made a late night escape from boyfriend Dennis Ray Collins the night of Aug. 24 because she was “in a lot of fear” for her safety.

The article goes on to state the following:

“I don’t want to get into any of the specifics of that evening, other than to say that I was in a lot of fear for my safety,” she said. “It is hard to understand how someone who treated me with such kindness is the person I saw that night.”

The woman was captured on surveillance video Aug. 24 ringing doorbells and calling for help while wearing nothing but a T-shirt and what appeared to be restraints on her wrists.

The haunting footage prompted a massive search that culminated in authorities identifying the woman and tracking down Collins, 49, who was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The woman told authorities she is a victim of domestic violence, and that she was wearing bondage cuffs the night she fled.

ABC13 News published the following:

The woman gave the following statement to Eyewitness News reporter Deborah Wrigley:

“I want to first give thanks to the many people across the globe who prayed for me. Their prayers gave me strength. Their kindness reminded me that there is beauty in this world.

I am aware that several families had some hope that I was their missing loved one. That hurt my heart. I wish that I could hug each of them and somehow help them to heal. If there is anything I can do for any of you, I would be honored.

I don’t want to get into any of the specifics of that evening, other than to say that I was in a lot of fear for my safety. I was not aware of the video until Wednesday afternoon. It is truly difficult to understand the duality that exists within each of us. People would like to paint Dennis or myself as entirely good or entirely evil, light or dark, every human has both of these inside. It is hard to understand how someone who treated me with such kindness is the person I saw that night. I’m sure it was hard for Dennis to accept the dark parts of me. I can be selfish. I have done things most would be ashamed of and I had a dependence on a substance because of a serious injury.

It would be easy to have resentment in our minds and hearts, but fear, hatred, and shame only create more fear, hatred, and shame.

Love is the only thing in this world to create light where there was none. I hope that in this transforming time in society we are able to choose love more often.

I forgave Dennis long before he was gone, and love him. I know he too forgave and loved me. I know I will fall short daily, but I hope to continue to choose to be loved. And I hope that for us all.”

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