I stayed 15 1/2 years for the same reason, but eventually, it got so bad that I knew I needed to make plans to leave and I did. It was scary, however. But, at first I worked numerous part time jobs until I was able to sign a contract as a teacher. Even then, it is very hard to be a single mom. But, it is not impossible. It can be done and is done all the time. You just have to move far away, if you can, if the spouse is dangerous. It takes a lot of courage. Quite a lot.
Wow! Well done!
Yes, however, in no way, shape or form would I have involved ANY other man in helping me escape. It would have been SO just not right. First, I'd have been cheating even if I was just texting someone. Second, it would put the other person in danger from my spouse. Third, again, it would have been SOOO not right. Fourth, I'd have put my own self in super danger because my ex was super jealous. If I'd have had a female friend, I'd have texted her like Sasha does Lemont. But, I had no one. So, I had to do it all alone. Like I said, it can be done. Just a whole lot of courage, and you have to be careful what you say to the kids.
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