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I Have Been In An Abusive Relationship

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    Worthless

    I was in an abusive relationship for 3 years. Me and Jacob had been together for 5 years but it wasnt until the third year that he beat me. He had a temper and he had hit me a few times... but it was nothing compared to when he beat me. He has put me in the hospital 7 times. He...
    sucknswallow sucknswallow 22-25, F 16 Responses Mar 23, 2012

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    I am a man that has been in an abusive

    relationship. My ex girlfriend was, in many ways, not a nice person. For whatever reason, I have always been a little timid, non-confrontational, however you like to describe it. She was verbally abusive, emotionally manipulative, generally unstable and even sometimes physically...
    MisterE12 MisterE12 22-25, M 1 Response Oct 17

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    Once upon a time, I was married to an abusive

    man and now three years after the divorce, I am still haunted by it. And now, a wonderful man has come into my life and I continously make him pay for mistakes that aren't his. I know I shouldn't but it's very hard.
    JustConnie JustConnie 36-40, F 1 Response Nov 4

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    Well this could fit under several experiences.

    How can he be so clueless as to why I'm in a crappy mood?!?! For years I hid when I was really upset and saddened by this loveless, lonely, and mentally abusive marriage. But all he asks is if I feel good or am I sick. I guess I should have no other reason to be so visible...
    Wantfreedom67 Wantfreedom67 46-50, F 1 Response Oct 23

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    I Have Been In Several Abusive Relationships.

    I came from an abusive family so when I became an adult I didn't know any different. I have been in abusive relationships or marriages over the past years. I want to tell a story about one abusive marriage I was in: I was pretty much to the point were I couldn't take it anymore...
    butterfly628 butterfly628 51-55, F 3 Responses Feb 12, 2011

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    I grew up with abuse.

    it was always around me of every kind. I swore to myself that when I grew up I'd never let me and children live the type of life my mother and I had lived, but i guess that was just a wish of a little girl. my husband is wonderful. He truly is. I live him with all of my heart...
    openlycurious openlycurious 18-21, F 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    After being separated

    for 4 and a half months, 10 months of counseling, a supportive family, and a new man who loves me unconditionally: I still catch myself feeling guilt. The years of being controlled, blamed, and made to feel unworthy don't vanish. Just because I know, intellectually, that I didn...
    NCheartinNY NCheartinNY 36-40, F 3 Responses Oct 15

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    My first boyfriend ever ruined me.

    We dated for 2 years and we lived a pretty good distance away but always saw each other and at one point I was staying with him. First, he was too good to be true. Sweet, loving, caring, spoiled me rotten, brought me any and everything, took me out, traveled constantly, dealt...
    cokimsta cokimsta 22-25, F Nov 12

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    I have read some stories on here under this

    experience. I tend to find that 100% of them are pretty much the same, the only difference is it's two different people. I was once myself in an abusive relationship, lasted for 2 years until I decided enough was enough. It was finally having a friend that respected me that...
    Gemz2411 Gemz2411 18-21, F 3 Responses Oct 13

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    I really don't want to talk too much about it

    but I married a controlling psychopath. He changed as soon as we were married and went on a spiral of abuse and menial torture. He was a drunk and would vanish for a day returning to take out his anger o me. I was raped, humiliated, degraded and beaten. The cycle of abuse...
    deleted deleted 26-30 11 Responses Jul 10

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    Walking On Eggshells

    When I was in my late teens to my early tweenties I dated this guy for a few years on and off. Needless to say from the groups title, the relationship was rocky. In the beginning he was very charming. When he would talk it was as if I was the only person in the room. We were...
    an2012 an2012 22-25, F 3 Responses Nov 22, 2012

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    The assault on a female case has been continued

    once again. It happened June 3. I'm so tired of this. It's draining energy I don't have to spare! Because every time court date draws near, exH panics and annoys the sh*t out of me. I have an order of protection. I have been slack about enforcing it. But I'm going to be a...
    NCheartinNY NCheartinNY 36-40, F 1 Response Nov 3

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    it took everything i had to leave,

    i couldn't tell anyone he hit me.though im sure people knew. i left the only way i knew how. and that was to fly across the country where i knew he couldn't reach me, without telling anyone.
    christajean christajean 22-25, F 4 Responses Nov 11

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    Im Thankful That Im Still Alive...

    I met my abusive ex when I was 19 and I was with him for 11 miserable years. I really should have read the warning signs early, I guess I know better now. To anyone new that he met he would come accross as the most charming funny outgoing individual you could meet. Behind closed...
    archangelgirl archangelgirl 31-35 8 Responses Jan 15, 2012

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    Holding On

    Why do I keep holding oneven though I know it will never beWhy do I keep holding onwhen what we have is killing meWhy do I keep holding onwishing the dream were still aliveWhy do I keep holding onrealizing our love will never surviveWhy do I keep holding onto the feeling I have...
    texastomboy texastomboy 36-40, F 6 Responses Jul 3, 2012

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    Insecurities

      i have not been in a physically abusive relationship, but it was a very mentally abusive relationship.. the scars were deep in my mind and heart.. i was with a girl and for the first 6 months we had the best time.. i love to laugh and make jokes and tell funny stories of...
    breastlover81 breastlover81 26-30, M 23 Responses Nov 9, 2012

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    Why are men like it? You sleep with them

    and they think they own you! What was more, he was older than me, by ten years! I'm sure a seventeen years old woman is more mature then some, maybe most, twenty seven years old men!
    Paca24 Paca24 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 7

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    I don't think I'm ever going to be able to find

    a good relationship...I know it sounds sad and negative; however, all I keep seeing are the warning signs that I ignored in my last abusive relationship. Once I feel I'm heading down a similar path, I jump off. I guess that's why it's easier to just seek out sex.
    eduray eduray 31-35, M 1 Response Nov 12

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    Everyone kept telling me

    that I was so lucky to be with such a lovely guy and that he was so gentle and so nice. "Wow you're so lucky your first boyfriend is so nice" . I don't know why I didn't say it sooner . That he wasn't all he appeared to be. My whole family loved him. I know it's been over for...
    xosecretidentityxo xosecretidentityxo 16-17, F 5 Responses Aug 5

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    I just went through the divorce.

    It was awful. The judge did see past the lies I think. It was just so hard to hear people that I used to think were my friends his family standing up there beside him, and having no one standing beside me. I did have pictures of the physical abuse up until he had found out and...
    Cheetah2210 Cheetah2210 26-30, F 10 Responses 6 days ago

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    I still can't sleep. I keep replaying

    everything in my head 14 years of verbal and physical abuse. It would be nice to talk to a counselor but they aren't free. I finally left him in April but divorce is ongoing and contested by him. I'm scared of what will happen next. I need someone to talk to that has been...
    Cheetah2210 Cheetah2210 26-30, F 3 Responses Nov 6

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    My husband is a bully.

    The worst bully I've ever had. It's gotten so bad that he has pushed me to attack him twice,which makes me the abuser.....he loves it. I hate myself,i hate him and I'm so scared that I'll never have anything diferant.
    HearMeRoarrr HearMeRoarrr 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 12

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    i have been with my abusive husband

    for 21years from the age of 16 (he was then 18). I am sharing my story in the hope that it will help you if you are facing something like this, that there is always a way to get out, it is scary but there is hope. For a long time he was so charming and he wanted to see me...
    KirstyF KirstyF 36-40, F 5 Responses Dec 13, 2013

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    I'm still with my abuser.

    Some of the things he's done to me caused me to have nightmares. I love him dearly and even though I know he is poisonous to my life I can't leave. Iv given him everything a person can give to another I'm currently pregnant with his first child. He still treats me like...
    Stiggyb Stiggyb 26-30, F 10 Responses Jul 20

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    I am still in an abusive relationship.

    My husband says to me that he has been torn apart every weekend because every weekend of his has been ruined. (Weekends where he screams at me, insults me, etc). He says it would not happen if I wasn't here. I see that as him blaming me for his abusive behavior. It hurts so...
    sfm21 sfm21 22-25, F 6 Responses Oct 18

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    Sad thing is that now I am used to it

    and there are no more complaints. It just feels natural. :(
    SinglemomPuff SinglemomPuff 36-40, F 5 Responses Oct 24

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    I am currently dating the nicest guy ever,

    but I'm already over it and it's only been a couple weeks. I miss my "abusive" boyfriend. Am I messed up?
    leaom22 leaom22 22-25, F 9 Responses Oct 12

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    iv been in abusive relationship

    and It took me awhile to leave it .I carried that persom into my relationship ship now.It has ruined the relationship between me and my boyfriend and I keep it alive.The relationship now I would say is emotional abuse. My bf manipulates me knowing my weeknesses, he gets mad when...
    theobserver5 theobserver5 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 11

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    Actually just got out of one last night.

    . Pretty proud of myself, he's been blowing up my phone & I haven't been giving him the time of day, now all I gotta do is have these bruises cleared up & he's memory will be completely gone.
    aaaxaaa aaaxaaa 18-21, F 27 Responses Jun 25

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    Can It Get Any Worse?

    Well Im a much different  person now then I was back when I was young and stupid. As many people put it! Or labled me. I had my first child when I was 15 years old. I dont regret that what so ever, he is the love and pride and joy of my life!! Hes gonna be 15 this...
    shy30 shy30 26-30, F 8 Responses May 7, 2007

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    I date women. Mom was a single mother.

    She dated, a lot. Has childhood matters of her own. I never grew up around a man that didnt drink, scream, hit, beat, do drugs, and im certain my bisexuality is a result of it. BUT women can be abusive too!! She is recently divorced, was a housewife who suffers from Anger, ADD...
    ScaredButterfly75 ScaredButterfly75 36-40, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    Never Thought It Would Happen To Me

    Growing up i was strong willed an *** kicker lol. I met this guy at a bar when i was 21 that should have been a red flag there. I thought he was my way out of the life i had. Things were good until u got pregnant. After my dayghter was born was when my life became hell. It...
    holehearted79 holehearted79 31-35, F 42 Responses Feb 23, 2013

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    Court24 Court24 22-25, F 4 Responses Oct 26

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    Take a Look At My Girlfriend...

    I was 15, she was 17. You don't hear about abuse in gay relationships much, but there you are. I had never been with a girl before, and I was so in love and so sure I could never feel the same way again with anyone else. I stayed two years. I will never be the same person. I...
    ParselyTree ParselyTree 16-18, F 4 Responses Feb 20, 2008

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    He had always made me happy,

    I remember when we first met - I was one of those who believed in love at first sight. After dating for six months he started to become very aggressive towards me and I always believed it was my fault. Then one night I came home from work and he called me saying he had a few...
    deleted deleted 26-30 7 Responses Sep 11

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    My husband knows how much I love him.

    My love is unconditional. And yet every single weekend he tells me he's done with me and he wants a divorce. I don't understand how someone can hurt the one they love so much. I am constantly improving myself for him and being a loving wife. What am I doing wrong?
    sfm21 sfm21 22-25, F 6 Responses Nov 1

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    I've Been In Two Abusive Relationships.

    You would think I would learn from the 1st abusive relationship, but it really was a different situation the 2ND time. When I was 18yrs I became pregnant and chose to marry.  At that time we were both clean & sober.  On the night my child was born my...
    WarriorMom WarriorMom 51-55, F 21 Responses Dec 7, 2008

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    Today I was reminded of how completely trapped

    I used to feel; but how I didn't realize just how trapped I felt until I was out. Today, a rather new friend and I were watching a news story on the Ray Rice incident, and how an ESPN anchor got suspended over calling the commissioner a liar. She then began to tell me about...
    lovelyss lovelyss 22-25, F Sep 25

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    I was in an abusive relationship.

    I was afraid all the time. While pregnant. They say to just leave. But leaving is not easy. When I did leave, I was scared. I'm still afraid of him. Even though I'm in a new and better relationship, with someone that shows me what real love truly is, I'm afraid to make a move...
    Singlemother78 Singlemother78 31-35, F 2 Responses Nov 1

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    A long time ago I was married to an abusive man.

    When we first met he would throw his jacket over a puddle so I didn't have to walk in muddy water. He focused on my every need. We married 9 months after meeting. The abuse started as soon as the wedding was completed. He didn't even come home for 3 days after the wedding...
    yooper01 yooper01 56-60, F 6 Responses Nov 8

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    I was in a verbally abuse relationship

    for almist 6 year just got out of it a few months ago and moved a way we have two kids together I still feel controlled by him and let him make the calls. I have scars and a lot of problems cause of all the abuse
    mt2015 mt2015 26-30, F 1 Response a week ago

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    I met my ex-husband at the age of 17.

    I never saw the red flags, mainly because I endured abuse growing up. I thought it was pretty normal when he got jealous of my friends, mad when he thought I did something wrong, and even ok when he broke things around the house. But with time, like every abusive relationship...
    lexy82 lexy82 31-35, F 3 Responses Jun 30

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    Hello, I am a 21 year old girl

    who can proudly say that one year and 7 days ago I made the decisions to finally be strong and leave my abusive boyfriend. This is not the easiest thing for me to do, I have never really opened up to anyone about it because I thought once it was done and he was cut out of my...
    brittany122 brittany122 18-21, F 5 Responses Nov 6

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    I've Grown, I've Survived , I'm Happy

    I had an affair with a "man" (more like a monster), in my early 20's that lasted about 5 years, it was an on and off thing.  That's how most abusive relationships are anyway. The first time he hit me was when I was driving.  We were late to an appointment and...
    golddustwoman golddustwoman 36-40, F 11 Responses Sep 11, 2008

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    Maybe my story can give hope to someone else.

    I was in a relationship with this handsome, smart, funny guy. Then one day that guy changed. Maybe not one day, maybe one week, or one year, I don't know, or maybe he was always the jerk he became I just didn't know it or see it because he hid it well. Well he started being...
    SamanthaSweet SamanthaSweet 22-25, F 9 Responses Jul 8

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    We all have scars, I'm nothing special.

    I neither need help nor support. I don't ask for pity or advice. I understand the pain in your eyes before I see your bruises. I have been used as an ashtray, a séx toy, a punch bag. The scars are on the outside for all to see. But hear this; those of us that have been...
    JaneBloodyAusten JaneBloodyAusten 31-35, F 6 Responses Jul 28

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    Ugly

    I was 15 years old when I met Pat* the first time. I wasn't blown over by his looks, or his charm. Looking back, I don't know exactly WHAT it was that attracted me to him. In truth, I suppose it was an exit strategy from my dysfunctional home. Pat* was 11 years my senior. Of...
    MissBehaviour MissBehaviour 36-40, F 14 Responses Mar 18, 2012

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    I just typed up my whole experience

    and it got removed for not being appropriate. Don't have a section, dealing with abusive relationships, if I can't tell what happened to me. It's not like I said anything bad, I just said what I did to myself, what he did in response to me wanting to leave, and what he did once...
    kelly1796 kelly1796 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 13

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    My ex used to yell at me

    and accuse me of infidelity. I really was faithful to the jerk. Then he started to hit me one day. I called the police. That is when he left me. That night I found a new guy and started sleeping around (a lot), by weeks end I had slept with four guys, Then the breakup of...
    BarbarBabcox BarbarBabcox 36-40, F 10 Responses Sep 24

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    I've been in an abusive relationship.

    I hate it when guys even want hugs because of it...I guess I'm scared of almost all men :(
    randicandi456 randicandi456 16-17, F 6 Responses Oct 26

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    Hey guys I just thought I'd tell my story in

    the hope that I can inspire other people to get out of abusive relationships. It all started about 16 years ago when in school I met a girl, the second I layed eyes on her I fell head over heels in love with her. For 18 months we happily got together and all was well in my world...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Oct 6

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