"He strangled me, beat me, and left me for dead on our hallway floor."
"Whack! Across my face it swept. Didn't see it coming. But then I rarely did. It was as if there were a draft in the room. Cold air seeping. Energy being sucked out."
"To the outside world our family seemed normal; a respected father, adored mother and well behaved children. We played normal so well."
"He would lash out with a knife or his fist and I would be where his anger would land."
"Humiliation, pain, self-disgust and hatred were the price of marriage. Love meant being hurt. I cried at night when no one was listening."
"...he found out about the restraining order and proceeded to break it - and me - into tiny little pieces."
-- Rachel Ann
"I have been demeaned, belittled, hit, kicked, cussed out and stifled. I have been sexually abused. I have been all of these things and most people who know me are completely unaware of it.
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