WDAY morning Anchor used the last day of the May ratings book to talk about her time as a domestic abuse victim at the hands of her ex-boyfriend.
Lane Zyvoloski is letting people in on the yearlong verbal and physical abuse she said she endured at the hands of a now ex-boyfriend—abuse that included shoving, bruising, hair pulling, threats, put-downs and manipulation. It all resulted in a charge of domestic violence, to which he pleaded guilty.
"My parents would shudder to know this, but I do feel like there were moments that my life was on the line," said Zyvoloski, 24.
She said the abuse was in full swing when she was named to the morning show position, but no one—viewers included-- suspected anything was amiss.
No one knew of the mental games to which she was subjected—at least one occurring as she left early one morning for work.
She said her boyfriend shoved her as they argued, but he quickly tried to twist things and say she had instead slipped, and he was simply trying to catch her.
"I was like, 'What? Did we just experience the same moment?' " she recalled about the incident.
She left their apartment and cried as she drove to work in the darkness, telling herself to suck it up, get it together and do her job.
It was a composed front she maintained while trying to summon the courage to leave the relationship—something that took time and a small network of friends to accomplish.
Zyvoloski hopes talking about what happened to her will help others who feel like they're trapped.
"Staying silent is not going to help anybody," she said.
"No matter how long you've been in it and no matter what your situation is, nobody deserves to be treated that way," she added.
Friends wonder where Zyvoloski would be now if she hadn't reached out for help, and they fear it wouldn't have been a good place.
"You never know if Lane would still be here," Lebak said. "You hate to talk like that, but it's very true."