We first met because we worked together. We started talking and seemed to have a lot in common. From the beginning, it felt like the perfect love story. Eventually, the more time I spent with him the more I saw him drink. Once he was drunk, all the horrible things started. From holding me down and forcing himself on me to accusing me of cheating and talking to other men. I felt as if it was my fault and I was giving the wrong signals to others so I shut myself off from everyone and became so cold.
Today, I feel wonderful. What helped me the most was taking a new job in another state. I had a lot of people on my side that helped me leave while he was at work so there was no chance of him finding me and brainwashing me to come back.
To anyone experiencing abuse… I know it’s hard to leave. This is NOT your fault. Find your strongest supporters and lean on them.. don’t feel ashamed to ask for help.