Monthly sessions include training and peer support on topics including board development, sta management, nancial administration, best practices in services, and much more. Teen dating violence is a widespread issue that can lead to serious short- and long-term effects. I never imagined such shame and at 15 years old, understood it even less. It was those incidents that left long-lasting emotional scars. My story begins at the age of 14 and continues off and on until I was 22.The signs weren't obvious, especially to a 14 year-old, but it began with him telling me he didn't like the shirts I wore, or that my skirt was too short; at the time, it was easy to mistake jealousy and control for adoration.I now live an extraordinary life full of purpose, with a grand vision to change the world.I have married the man of my dreams which would not have been possible if I hadn't worked to change my beliefs about myself.Somebody who could guide me back to myself, my voice, and my truth.
For all of those times he said I was ugly and worthless, I have made it my mission.
For all of those times he called me a tramp and a whore, I have made it my mission.
All of those times he felt strong because I looked weak, only made me stronger.
I ended up in the hospital a few times and was put in counseling but I never spoke about the abuse. Nobody knew about the many deliberate close call, head-on collisions while he was threatening to "kill us both." Finally, after almost eight years of abuse, I knew I had to leave. I knew that if I continued on this path, I might never see the light through the darkness. I knew if I didn't leave I could fall back into the cycle.
Not because of some fight or big blowout, I was just done. I knew if I wanted any life at all, I had to choose me no matter what the cost. It took many years to repair the mental and emotional damage, but I'm here to say that it is possible.