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How brave mum broke free from abuse to go on to win Ms Sheffield Galaxy beauty pageant

Amy Keeley
Amy Keeley
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A brave Sheffield mum-of-three who was raped and abused as a teenager has turned her life back around and gone on to win a beauty pageant.

Amy Keeley was just 15 when she was raped by a stranger and she endured years of abuse before having the courage to leave the relationship.

Amy Keeley, pictured wearing her Ms Sheffield Galaxy sash.

Amy Keeley, pictured wearing her Ms Sheffield Galaxy sash.

Now, at the age of 30, Amy has taken the 2018/19 Ms Sheffield Galaxy crown at a competition earlier this year and also works as a personal injury lawyer in Leeds.

Amy said: "I was 15 when it all began and it went on for nine years. It was horrendous and then my best friend got diagnosed with breast cancer and it just made me realise that life is so short and I'd had such a bad past that I needed to change.

"I worked really hard to be a really good mum and make a good career for myself. I drew up a bucket list and one of them was to be an extra on Hollyoaks. I signed up for StarNow - a casting website and I was featured on TV and in a music video."

It wasn't just in front of the cameras that Amy's life changed either, she graduated from the University of Sheffield with a law degree and also studied for a degree in psychology with the Open University at the same time.

Amy, originally from Woodhouse, now lives at North Anston with her two daughters - 14 and one, and her ten-year-old son.

She said she still suffered with post-traumatic stress disorder but had found a new life on the stage and in front of the cameras.

She added: "I am absolutely fine now. I am still going through some bits of PTSD but I've got three amazing children, two degrees, three diplomas and am Ms Sheffield Galaxy. I also work as a personal injury lawyer in Leeds.

"I just thought to myself that I had spent my entire life working so hard to do things for other people and never actually done anything for myself."

Amy will now go on to compete in a national Ms Galaxy competition and if crowned Ms UK Galaxy, she will go on to compete in an international contest as part of an all expenses-paid trip to Florida.

Amy waived her right to anonymity to share her story and encourage others in abusive relationships to seek help.