Mark


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I thought I had finally found my perfect match, and I’d never been happier. My new partner, Stephen, was everything I’d ever wanted: affectionate, generous, funny, smart, and very good looking. But after a few months of dating, I started finding Stephen’s attention stifling. Whenever I went out, he would text me a lot. At first he just left little love messages, but pretty soon the messages became more like accusations: Where was I? Who was I with? Then one night, I saw an old friend at the bar and spent about a half an hour talking and laughing with him. When we got in the car to go home, Stephen was furious that I had spent so much time with that old friend. All the way home, Stephen interrogated me relentlessly about the conversation I had at the bar. When we parked in the garage, Stephen grabbed me by the hair and said he wouldn’t let me out of the car, until I showed him how much I loved him. He forced me into performing oral sex. Feeling violated, afraid and humiliated, I slept alone on the couch that night. The next day, Stephen said he was sorry and that it would never happen again, but the jealousy and abuse continued. Eventually, I connected with an agency that provides counseling support and they helped me figure out what a healthy relationship looked like. I ended my relationship with Stephen and I’m looking for a new relationship that is much healthier.

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