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The first time this 16-year-old's boyfriend hit her, she did something unexpected: 

She hit him back hard.

So hard he started gushing blood. 

She manifested her experience in a defiant poem at the 2016 Louder Than a Bomb slam poetry finals in Boston in May. 

What made her fight back?

A refusal to cower. 

Watch the full performance below:

Source: YouTube