National teen dating abuse
It was easier to stay and suffer in private than to try to leave and be humiliated in public.
I was stuck in a psychological trap and didn't know where to turn, nobody could help me. Nobody knew I had been punched so hard I was almost knocked out.
The hell became so familiar that it was easier to stay rather than leave.
It was easier to live with the shame and guilt in secrecy.
The relationship took an emotional toll to the point where I was getting severe panic attacks. Nobody knew the reason my windshield had shattered was because he had punched it in a fit of rage over what I had worn to school that day. I knew if I stayed, all of those dreams I had when I was a little girl would never be realized. I broke up with him and moved out of the state a week later.
And for all those times he tried to strip me of my spirit and I felt I had no value, I made it my mission.
Although domestic violence defines you in ways beyond comprehension, I will only allow it to push me further than I ever dreamed, beyond all doubts and fears, and towards my bliss.
I now live an extraordinary life full of purpose, with a grand vision to change the world.
I have married the man of my dreams which would not have been possible if I hadn't worked to change my beliefs about myself.