I left my relationship in July after realising how abusive he’d been for the 3 years we were together. He was emotionally abusive and broke my trust often. He used my life and mental health issues as jokes to impress other people. He ruined friendships between myself and anyone who didn’t like him. He’d cancel plans without telling me then feign ignorance about it despite sometimes arranging to do those things the day before. I’d often find out that he either did those plans alone or with someone else. He inserted himself into every aspect of my life; I had to eventually stop telling him I was doing something so I could have something for myself to do without his presence.
He was sexually abusive in the fact that he rarely considered my consent as a deciding factor on what we would do. He was forceful and coercive and hurt me more times than he didn’t. In Jan and Feb of this year, he raped me several times in the early hours of the morning while I was sleeping. I’d wake up scared and in pain. I feel uncomfortable with the idea of sleeping next to someone now because he was the one person I could rely on and trust but he still hurt me.
He never apologised or took accountability for anything, no matter how bad, and in the end, he tried to manipulate me into staying with him by giving me four options on how we’d proceed after I said I wanted to leave; 1. We stay friends, 2. We become friends with benefits, 3. We stay together until I move away to another city for uni, 4. We make hard sacrifices and stay together no matter what. I wanted to never see him again.
I feel like I should have left earlier and I should have fought harder when he hurt me. I don’t know how to deal with the fear that he might try to reenter my life when I move back to the city in a month for uni. It’s completely overwhelming.
I have a long history of abuse and trauma that’s too much to go into now but I suffered sexual abuse and harassment from the age of 11 (I’m 22 now) in school but I was victim blamed and silenced by my teachers when I reported it. I don’t have a lot of trust in those around me or those in a caring position because of this and help resources in my area are unfunded and overwhelmed. I don’t know where to go or what to do.