#11 Why I Didn’t Leave
a couple of short stories & poems
1) Dear Neighborurs by: Barb M.
About her experience being abused by her husband of 20 years. She wondered
why no one ever asked her is she was okay & what they turned a blind eye, when
she says they must have heard her screams.
She wanted to leave but felt she was tied because of her financial situation, and
didn’t want her kids to have to start a new life, as they did not know what was
Her husband eventually committed suicide & she is going to school to start her
life over and heal from her past.
2) The Tormenting Question Angela Lesher
Woman wrote a poem about the darkness and pain she feels in her life with an
abusive relationship. Feels like no one really understands her situation when she
gets out of an abusive relationship, and they probabaly wonder why she cant get
Created an online support group for women who are emerging from abusive
Goal is to “Give Silent a voice”
3) You Begin to Hate Yourself Victoria Steader
story about how an abusive relationship leads to her hating herself because of all
the bad things he tells her she is.
“You don’t hate the person who abuses you anymore, you grow to hate yourself”
The body, the heart, and the soul only know one kind of abuse, even though we
study it under different categories like Physical, mental, emotional.
It all hurts the same
4) I didn’t know anything else Mitze Wakefield
about a kid who grows up having a