It didn’t happen overnight. He was subtle and patient.
By the time I realized what was happening, I felt trapped.
I didn’t think I had a choice.
I was scared to leave.
I was embarrassed.
I thought I was alone.
I didn’t think it could happen to me.
He never hit me so I didn’t think it was really abuse.
I believed his lies.
I thought it was my fault.
I was ashamed.
I thought I was ruined.
I thought I should stay with him because I had sex with him.
My fear of staying finally outweighed my fear of leaving.