As a little girl, I was molested between the ages of 7-15. That set me on a dismal path. At high school graduation I was wearing an engagement ring, and at the age of 18 I married an abusive alcoholic. Nearly 16 years of marriage consumed with emotional and verbal abuse followed, eventually escalating to physical violence. Throughout the years I have consistently been asked, “Why didn’t you just leave?”
At book signings and public appearances, other victims of domestic violence share portions of their own stories, and most often repeat the same question has been asked of them.
So, if you have been there, done that, tell me, what is your best response to “WHY DIDN’T YOU JUST LEAVE?”