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Survivor story imageHigh school should be the time of your life but for me it was the opposite.  My freshman year I got into my first serious relationship with a guy who was 2 years older than me.  Dating an older guy made me feel popular and liked by the older students at my school but little did I know that dating someone older would also come with new experiences that I wasn’t ready for.  I should have known that our relationship wasn’t what I wanted when he pressured me into losing my virginity.  I told him I was not ready but he persuaded me into it; I cried all night that night.

Unfortunately, our relationship continued to go downhill from there.  He started to become very controlling, telling me who I could/couldn’t talk to or hang out with.  At the time I did not realize that this was an unhealthy relationship.  As the years went by his behavior got worse.  He started to get emotionally, mentally, and physically abusive.  It took 6 years for me to realize that his behavior was not normal and that something needed to change.  He put his hands on me one last time before I decided to leave.  I would be lying if I said it was easy to leave.  He was my first love, the one I lost my virginity to, but in the end he was the one who was slowly killing me.

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