I Tolerated Abuse Because I Was Raised To Think I Deserved It

My parents reinforced that it was okay for a boy to hit me.
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October 29, 2014
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Several months earlier, I had broken up with a guy I'd been dating for two years. The break up was bad. So bad, in fact, that the next morning when the police showed up at my parent's house looking for me, I realized how bad it had really been.

The night prior I had kicked my way out of the boyfriend's locked car and run into a Walgreens for help. I left before the police showed up and then ran all the way home.

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