Books on teen dating violence
Last week, Chris Keith, blogger at Adventures of a Thrifty Mommy, was murdered — along with her oldest son — by her estranged husband, who then killed himself.
The other three children were at their grandparents’ house.
If your life was all you had to give your beloved, how could you not give it?
” I knew I could not remain silent for another minute.
I saw him as brave, righteous, and capable of seeing a girl as worthy of having the right to state her opinion.
The other important piece to remember is that he was threatening to kill himself, me, our dog, my family members. It was really hard though because leaving him meant giving up on him and the relationship prong which a couple becomes: “us.” The guy he claimed he wanted to be was incongruent with the guy he really was; the “us” I fantasized about did not match the “us” we had grown into.
He also had an air of mystery to him in that sort of way.
I think his protectiveness is what won me over; as you know, when we first met he rescued me from an uncomfortable altercation with another guy.
It is so hard to know for sure how I may have felt about publishing it if Derrick were alive, because he is not.
The best I can say is that when I wrote my first draft, over two decades ago, he was alive and he was not the reason for me to abandon my dream of publication at that time. Part of the liberation I feel from healing is the freedom I have to share my journey and embrace my womanhood in its entirety, embracing it in a way that pays homage to of my life experiences.
You were only 17 when you entered this abusive relationship. What attracted you to Derrick and kept you in the relationship?