I have so many friends that have been in abusive relationships. Strong, intelligent women that escaped. Some are still trying to work their way out of the smothering fog. If you have been there you know what I mean.
As many of you know, I’ve been there. If you have read “The Broken Woman” https://michelleraylrma.wordpress.com/2008/12/17/the-broken-woman you know about my first marriage. Ive only shared with a few people about the relationship I found myself in a few years ago. That brief (less than a year) experience really opened my eyes and taught me a lot about what a healthy relationship DOESNT look like. I got out.
It also took me a while to figure out what was going on. I admit, I was naive. Since then many women confided in me the shame of being in an abusive relationship. We tell our stories, we nod in recognition. We feel better knowing we were not the only ones fooled.
I’m going to tell my story. The embarrassing parts, the things that shame me still because I feel I was weak or stupid.
I’m going to post some informational pieces of personality traits of abusers. Perhaps one of these will trigger an “aha!” moment for you.
Will you tell your story?
Call me and I’ll write it for you. Or email me your story. I’ll put them on my blog. I’m building a website to deposit and categorize them. Your story will be anonymous. Names will be changed. Nothing will be published without your approval.
I want to start the ball rolling here. Now.
Perhaps someone will read your story and see herself. Perhaps she’ll get help and change her life.
I’ve used the feminine pro-noun. But abuse works both ways. Men, I’d like your stories too.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you prefer a phone call email your phone number and I’ll give you a call.