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Sterling’s Story of Leaving Abuse

Sterling's story of leaving abuse

Sterling's story of leaving abuseWhat happened that made you decide to leave?

I felt like something wasn’t right. After 6 years, I felt really scared and manipulated. He took control of my life by constantly calling, texting and threatening to hurt me.

How did you feel about your abuser and/or your relationship in the days before you left?

I was scared, skeptical, confused, self-conscious. He made me feel so ugly because he was always making me feel like crap.

What three emotions did you most experience in the days closest to leaving Abuse? How did you deal with them?

I felt scared, upset, confused, and skeptical. I finally decided to leave because he hurt me and threatened to hurt the family.

What planning did you do before you left? Who knew you were leaving besides you?

I made sure to let everyone know that I was leaving. At first, I kept it a secret but when things got so bad, I had to tell people.

What were the one or two BEST things you did before you left?

I hung out with friends and cried after the breakup. I’ve gone on dates with different guys but haven’t found any I like.

How long ago did you leave? How do you feel today?

I left last year and feel amazing! I am not scared, confused and lost anymore.

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