Ok so I am not going to tell you to turn her or not. Totally your decision. Full disclosure DD is going to be 20 months in a few days and I do sometimes turn her forward facing and have been since she was about 17 months. DD hated the car seat from day 1. Screamed every time we put her in it and more than once I drove home with tears on my face from her hysterics. I think it is really easy for people to sit and type that you should just deal with your kid screaming and learn to ignore, I actually read someone suggested wearing ear plugs?? Seriously? I would never ever do that. What if your DD started gagging or choking or something and you had no idea because you didn't hear it?
I know a lot of you mamas will understand what I mean when I say it is physically painful to hear your LO shrieking their heads off. I visit my mother often with DD and they live over 3 hours away. The car rides when she was around a year and still screaming her head off the entire drive were absolute torture for me and her as well. She was panicking and truly hysterical.
Now that DD is older she is much much more happy in the car and she does most of the time ride RF. If we are having a really bad trip though and she is really miserable I will stop the car and turn her because for my part I am driving far more dangerously as I try to distract her when she is hysterical in the back. Forward Facing my DD is happy as a clam. She sits and watches the vehicles and buildings go by, not a grumpy peep out of her.
I will say though that when she was going forward facing one afternoon we were in the most minor of fender benders and the only thought I had was panic because she was forward facing (maybe 19 months old). I have cut down on the FF since that incident but I still do it if I have to.
We all know the stats but sometimes you just have to do what works best for your family. Good luck. Oh as a final note, I myself would not turn a 1 year old FF until they were a bit older but I certainly won't judge you for doing what you have to do!