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“I’m sorry, I promise I won’t hit you again. Please don’t leave me, I love you.”
If I had a penny for every time I heard that, I wouldn’t be in the situation I was. I ask myself everyday why did I stay? The only answer I can come up with was I loved him, and I didn’t want to break up my “happy” home.
I used to be ashamed of getting beat up, talked down to and spit on. Hell, I thought that was love (how silly of me was that?). I heard my son say he likes it here (at Mutual Ground) because Mommy and Daddy don’t fight. That broke my heart.
I started to look at myself through different eyes and saw that my kids were being affected by two people that were supposed to be good role models for them. Not only were my kids affected, but so were my friends and family. I lied about being happy. I lied about my bruises. I pulled myself away from everyone. No one knew how unhappy I was.
I look at myself now, and I know that the life I once lived isn’t for me or my kids. I have strength I never knew I had. It feels good to know that I have a lot of positive people in my life. I never knew that by coming to Mutual Ground, I could feel safe for the first time in a long time. When I feel like I want to throw my hands up and give up on everything I am working so hard on, I am reminded by my kids’ smiles how happy and blessed we really are.
I grew up knowing nothing but abuse, and the one thing I’ve realized now—now that I can think clearly—is you can always change. Change is good. I will stop this cycle of abuse for myself and for my kids. This is my story.
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