In honor of Deliberate Donkey, who is an ass on purpose, I devote a re-blog from her site today to honor those who have been abused and escaped.
“Breaking Free”, by Carolyn Hughes.
– C.L. Bolin
You love them. You want to be with them.
But what started off as a loving, caring, fun relationship, has turned into a controlling, threatening and fear-filled existence.
It didn’t happen overnight. It took time for their paranoia to emerge. Yet the more you reassured them that they were the only one, the more they suspected you of deceit. Despite your innocence, they made you feel guilty. So you stopped meeting friends, stopped seeing family. You stopped going out.
And how could you have foreseen that the very things they used to love about you, now seem to be the things they hate about you. Previously they had been encouraging about your work and were proud of your achievements. So it is hard to understand why they are suddenly suspicious of your interactions with colleagues or why they take delight in belittling your accomplishments. It doesn’t take long before you…
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