Why Doesn’t She Just Leave?

“She stays with an abuser,” said of the voice on the other end of the line.   As if her worth, or her ability to care about others and love people was associated with her situation. It is easy to place judgement and to believe that the person in an abusive situation is somehow incapable, or stupid for staying where they are at.  How many times have you heard or maybe even said, “Why doesn’t she just leave?” It is almost impossible for others to understand why a person would stay.  It would be foolish for me to say that I…

Did You Get Her Number?

“Where are you going?”  I asked.  Anxiety filling every part of me.  I could especially feel it in my chest, my breathing became shallow, and I wanted to burst into tears again.  I don’t know why I continued to hope year after year.  A New Years kiss, oh how I longed to have one.  New Years came and went, he wanted to celebrate, but not with me.  This year was no different.  As I stood in the living room with my two tiny boys and he proceeded to tell me his plans.  I felt sick and powerless.  I complained, I…