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He was possessive and jealous and would make fun of anyone who was my friend.He made me feel guilty if I even talked to someone at school, even when he wasn't around, which wasn't very often.Slowly little things were said that I initially thought came from a caring place, “wow you look like you have gained weight”, “you really think that guy was hitting on you?
Most afternoons after school, I would get into trouble with my Mom because Benny made me stay with him while he worked on his car.
I knew that it existed in the world and I knew it was bad if it happened, but I had no idea it was called Domestic Violence, and I definitely had no idea how deeply dangerous, manipulative, gradual and lonely being abused was, until I met Phil. With the amazing upbringing I had experienced it was difficult for me to imagine living in a violent environment.
I wanted to support him and be there for him in any way he needed me.
She was only 13 when she met the man who would terrorize her for the next four years, and become the father of her first child.
For many years she was too ashamed to talk about her experiences, but, with the help of Break the Silence against Domestic Violence, she is now eager to educate others about teen dating violence, and how to prevent it.