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The woman speaks after being attacked and left for dead at an all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic

The woman speaks after being attacked and left for dead at an all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic
A Delaware woman hoped that her most recent vacation was full of relaxation and fun, but soon it became a nightmare when she was brutally attacked and left to die in the basement of the resort.

Months after the traumatic incident, Tammy Lawrence-Daley finally feels comfortable sharing her story and comes to an agreement with what happened during her trip to the Dominican Republic.

"I had to take some time to heal before I could put him there," Lawrence-Daley, 51, told PEOPLE. "I am in a place of my healing in which I feel strong enough to be able to share it without breaking myself and without worrying about what others are going to judge me."

"I'm at the point where I feel strong enough, I want to spread this information because women need to understand themselves," she adds. "I hate to say that, but it's the truth that I'll never follow, I'll never want anyone."

In addition to speaking with PEOPLE, Lawrence-Daley also told his story to his friends in a powerful Facebook post he shared on Wednesday titled "My Story."

"How do you explain to your children that a stranger almost killed you at random and that 'Mom comes home, but I do not look like myself?' How do you see yourself in your parents' eyes when they look at your battered face telling them that "I'm fine, I'll be fine." See friends cry while they look at you, everyone asks, 'Why?', 'How?' Tell them a story, they tell all the details so that they do not break, that they stay strong ... fear, disappointment, and weakness.

The story of Lawrence-Daley began in January when she went on vacation with her husband and best friends Diane and James Doering.

Couples, who had arrived on a Monday, were staying at an all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana called Majestic Elegance and anticipated their one-week "sun and beach" trip.

On the second day of their vacation, the friends spent their time in the show. Around 10:30 p.m., Lawrence-Daley said they went back to their rooms.

After trying to get room service and learning that the resort was not wasting food, Lawrence-Daley said he decided to go down to the lounge of his resort and have a snack. "I asked my husband ... I would be back in 5 minutes," he wrote.

As it turned out, Lawrence-Daley never returned. Instead, the mother of two children, who had gone to the beach lounge in the building, was suddenly attacked while walking back to her room alone at the roundabout between the buildings.

"That's when I heard it Heavy steps ... one, two, three, four, then accelerated, and then, before I could react, I was plowed from behind and immediately immobilized," he continued. "His arms wrapped around me and he began to pull me immediately into an open maintenance room."

According to Lawrence-Daley, she has dragged down the concrete stairs, around a corner and into the access space of an underground area piped with 2 to 4 inches of sewage, an area that Daley called "hole", where she was in the next 8 hours

"I call it a hole because that's what I felt when I was in it," he explains to PEOPLE. "I could not go anywhere, I could not get up and I could not find the way out ... All I knew was in this hole basically buried alive."

It was in this hole that the attacker, who was wearing a tourist uniform, strangled her several times, kicked her in the head and hit her with a stick.

It is possible that he was also sexually assaulted due to "damage down there", but she is not completely sure since the beating was so cruel that her eyes swelled and she was going in and out of consciousness for a concussion. An external rape kit was administered days after the incident.

"I could not sit without dry weights because my face was so battered," recalls Lawrence-Daley. "When I was finally able to sit down, all I could think was: 'I'm never going to get out of here, I'm going to die here, they'll never find me.'"

Her husband and friends, meanwhile, spent the night looking for Lawrence-Daley. The center staff allegedly insisted that Lawrence-Daley was just drunk and possibly fainted somewhere, something that his husband knew was not characteristic of his wife.

At some point in time, Lawrence-Daley says that she finally felt "calm" and her survival instincts began to appear. Despite not being able to see his eyes swollen and fearing he might drown, Lawrence-Daley tried to use his other senses.