Personal stories dating abuse
Email became one of his primary methods of control, especially when my parents refused to let us speak on the phone.
He wanted to know where I was every second of every day” says Kendrick Sledge, a teen dating abuse survivor.
I happily took on the task of making him feel loved and supported no matter what, it was me who was going to show him unconditional love.
Our relationship started as a dream, we were young and thought I was in love. Yes we were obsessed with each other, I knew that drove my parents crazy, I wanted to be with him 24/7, and he with me.
His obsession with controlling me got so bad I would have panic attacks simply deciding what I would wear for the day.
“If teens are not turning to their parents for help, it is essential that they have a private outlet where they can discuss their fears with someone who will provide immediate assistance,” said Sheryl Cates, the chief executive officer of the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the Texas Council on Family Violence.His friends were over which was even more disrespectful and insulting to him so he locked me in his room for 4 hours to teach me a lesson. One day at high school we received individual research projects for my Community and Family Studies class. As I was reading through all of the photocopied research I had collected, I started to cry uncontrollably.I cried as each line perfectly described me, but I also cried with relief, relief that I now had a name for what I was going through, it was Domestic Violence, I was being abused.Gradually his behavior changed, he no longer spoke to me about his issues but instead became angry when I did things he did not approve of.It no longer felt like he was concerned for me but that he hated me.