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Around the world, social media users have been putting up heart-rending posts with the hashtag #WhyIStayed. Here are some of them:
- Beverly Gooden @bevtgooden
He said he would change. He promised it was the last time. I believed him. He lied.
- Rachel Miller @ReIgniteRomance
I was determined to make it work, I wanted the kids to have their dad, I convinced myself that what he did to me wasn't affecting them.
- Kimberly Trost @Minxysshoes
Because I believed him when he said I deserved it. My mother said the same thing when I was little.
- hi.im.Shanadian @hi_im_shan
Because I lost the friends I had when I didn't listen to them telling me to get help. So I thought I was alone.
- Tara Matarese @tara_matarese
Because when it's all you've known your whole life, you believe it's the norm and you're just meant to be unhappy.
- Jennifer Williams @boudoir_studio
Because I thought that this was 'as good as I could get'.
- Dee Anne Atkins @deeders54321
He said he loved me and would never hit me again.
- Really Thinking @youarericher
I was in a foreign country with no support network.
- Shaunte Cline @MomsJemms
Because he said no one would ever want me or love me.