I was in an abusive relationship. I never thought I would end up in this situation. I was so happy, confident and outgoing, and I thought my education and independence were barriers against something like this.
I studied gender-based crimes and sexual assault in college, so I knew all the signs of an abusive relationship. And yet, here I am. For years, I couldn’t even call it abuse because I didn’t want to admit that that’s what it was.
No one sets out to be the partner of someone who ends up exploiting and abusing them. Now that the relationship is over, I’m coming to terms with what occurred and trying to understand it to make sure nothing like this ever happens to me again.
If you’ve never been in an abusive relationship, I understand how difficult it can be to…