This is the third part of my (unplanned) series on domestic abuse. When I finally got fed up with news of local women dying at the hands of men in their lives, I had to speak out on the radio...not only to share my dismay and sadness, but also to offer women who might be in that type of situation some kind of warning. I've been pleasantly surprised by the response...

After last night's post, I received another from a local woman who is now, thankfully, happily married. But, like the last woman, whose letter I posted, she also has remnants of that last relationship haunting her. Here's just an excerpt:

I still get scared going certain places knowing I could run into this monster. I've learned that it is a pattern of behavior that doesn't stop. He's beaten more women even after going to jail. I thank god he gave up the rights to his son! Even though I had to face him in court it showed me how strong I am.

If you're in a relationship where your partner has ever verbally of physically abused you, as much as you dread it, reevaluate where you are in your life and do you want this to be your station in life? Submissive servant to a man who will stoop to whatever it takes to make you obedient. Think long and hard. Make the right choice and, never forget, you have just one life. Don't throw it away.

I'd like to share a book with you that the first woman who told me her story shared with me. I'm going to read it. It might help you. It's "Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men."

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