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Emotions After Leaving An Abusive Relationship

Editor’s Note: One of the most pivotal moments in life is the day your heart realizes that you are not alone. Even in the depths of despair, in loneliness, in pain – there are others who have felt this way. Others who have thought these things. Others who have suffered, pressed through, and somehow, they have made it. Today’s story is this kind of story. Simple, and necessary. If you have left an abusive relationship, are in the process of leaving, or feel as if you need to, the following words are a gift. Others have gone before you, and you are not alone. You are not crazy, you are not unheard, and it takes EVERYONE a long time for their heart to recover. Today’s author is Anonymous. – Lauren

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It was a cool, drizzly day two weeks before Memorial Day as my dad and I drove back to my apartment just south of Pittsburgh. The radio was playing a Yiddish version of Peter and the Wolf called Pinkus and the Pig, and I should have been splitting my gut with laughter. I barely heard the stereotypical Yiddish phrases spoken in a thick New York accent, and my gut was splitting with sheer agony and terror. It took me two hours to get the words out and I fought them every step of the way. Even when I spoke, my dad made me repeat them and asked what I meant.

“I know what I have to do, but I don’t want to do it.”

The moment I opened my mouth to speak I started sobbing. Right before we reached the tunnel I got a text from the woman I had come to know and love as “mama”.

“Are you all right?”

Dad said not to reply, that I shouldn’t talk to her ever again. Or talk to my second dad. Or talk to the man I loved and was planning to marry. I couldn’t bear to think that the last time I’d ever communicate with any of them was that morning when I sent a frantic text to mama saying that I was crumbling. She reminded me of Esther and told me what my almost fiancé had told me two days ago as we stood on the train platform, “stay strong.” 

Stay strong? I had to decide who to give up, who I would call “family” for the rest of my life, and whatever path I chose I was going to lose.

I chose my biological family, and I prayed that they were right.

Over the months of healing from being sexually abused by someone I loved, those words, “stay strong”, stayed with me.

Stay strong in doing right, in doing the most difficult thing I’ve ever done; even when the pain makes me want to throw myself out the window, and when the dreams come at night that remind me how much I miss my best friend. Most importantly, however, is to stay strong in believing God is who He says He is even when I am mentally assaulted every minute of every day, hearing the voice that says God has taken away every good thing in my life and abandoned me.

It’s brutally hard to remember that God is still good and still loves me.

For almost ten months I was caught in a terrible tug-of-war between my family and my boyfriend, and I believed with all my heart that God was telling me I could have both as long as I kept fighting. Then, one bleak day in the car I realized that God was asking me to give up everything; to do what I had told Him I would if He asked me.

God held me to that promise, and I started hating Him for it. Hating that I abandoned people I loved, lost my little home I had come to love so much, walked away from the most perfect job I could have ever dreamed of, even leaving behind everything I owned.

I came home, but I felt homeless. Cast out into a world where I became a statistic in the abuse records.

My family was ecstatic that I was back, but they didn’t understand what I had left. Every time I meet someone new they ask why I moved to the city I now live in. The energy I spend trying to decide what I explain and what I don’t is mind-boggling, as is the stress caused by wondering what will happen if word gets out that I was sexually abused. How can I possibly explain that I desperately miss the person who abused me? That I still care very much for him and wonder if he will be ok?

My ex-boyfriend pulled me out of myself and wouldn’t let me get away with hiding behind my mask of pretending my life was perfect. But if I let that mask drop now, to everyone? I risk the unbelievable pain of my fellow Christians rejecting me. Perhaps I can say that I’m struggling with depression, but certainly not struggling with feelings that should never have been aroused until marriage. And I absolutely can’t let slip that I feel rejected by God. After all, He’s the one who gave me strength to leave everything and move to a city where I knew no one and didn’t have a job. I thought God honored those who strove to live righteously, not rip all their dreams away and shatter their hearts.

I have to completely start over. Maybe I can only start believing that I have the chance to completely start over.

I can finally get rid of the lie that a really godly, wonderful man will be attracted to me only if I am modest, pure, and never flirt. The lie that guys are intimidated by me because I’m so different.

The rule-book I’ve created in my head that forces me to suppress what I’m really thinking and feeling in an effort to appear godly? It must be destroyed and replaced with the God-given truth that I am beautiful and can proudly be a woman in all her emotional, flirty, sexy, and confident glory.

The rule that says I can’t wear a halter-top and still be righteous must go, as must the rule that touching a guy’s shoulder when he tears up is a sexual advance. Modesty doesn’t mean covering up from head to toe, it means being confident that Jesus would smile at seeing the woman He created not ashamed of the figure He gave her.

All of it is extremely scary, but that’s okay because at the same time I’m starting over with who I am,  I will also be starting over with who God truly is.

I have the chance to rebuild my faith as it should have been from the beginning, and because of that I am thankful for the pain, the tears, and the horribly lonely nights.

Maybe someday I will even thank God for the abuse.

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32 Responses

  1. Diane

    Your last line got me the most! I was in an ugly, abusive relationship for three years, the sexual abuse was the worst to work through. I just kept asking why, why did he have to do that to me, I can understand why he did everything else, but why that? It was like I was ok with the other abuse but the sexual that was not ok. I will never forget the words my therapist, who I consider to be God's angel in my life, spoke to me when I begged with her why? "What happened to you did not have to happen to you. What he did to you was not ok or necessary. It was pure evil and disgusting. This world is evil and you were victim to one man's evil actions, it is not fair but trust that God knows the abuse and will comfort you through the pain and heal you." I prayed so hard that God would get rid of those memories for me. In time, He did. I am forever grateful that I went through abuse because it has brought me to where I am today, closer to God. I am thankful for your heart and courage and am praying that you find God's beauty from all of the ugliness that once was in your life.

    December 30, 2012 at 2:27 pm

  2. Beauty from ashes!

    God heals. That's best promise I can give you, and it's so true. I also "believed with all my heart that God was telling me I could have both as long as I kept fighting". I remember when God asked me to give it all up, I wanted to hold on so badly. It was like I was totally unsure of everything and didn't understand how I had been so wrong. God has been so faithful. He has sent people to show me my value again, and most importantly my worth to him. Giving everything up gave God room to bless me with some amazing fellowship and people in my life. I'm in such a better place now, but the only way to get there was admitting things to the right people and allowing God to heal. God makes beauty from ashes and I hope you will get to see the beauty side soon!! Just know you aren't alone!

    January 2, 2013 at 2:36 pm

  3. KAM

    Dear Anonymous- You are not alone. I can promise you that much. Love, Your Friend

    January 12, 2013 at 6:07 pm

  4. Mandy

    Thank you. You have spoken the truth I never could.

    May 30, 2013 at 2:07 am

  5. Moya

    Thank you, Anonymous! Your truth has set me free. You are definitely not alone. You have been a blessing to me today, and you DID the right thing by getting out of the toxic relationship. It took me 13 years longer than you to get out. I married the man. The abuse got much worse, escalated to continuous verbal and physical abuse. His family was also abusive, many hidden secrets. I pretended to have the perfect life. He left me and our child and moved in with another woman. He then began to assassinate my character to protect his own lie. I betrayed myself, but God is restoring the years to me. God has been faithful to me.

    September 10, 2013 at 7:44 am

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