Discussion on domestic violence follows.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and in a multiple slide post on Instagram, Abigail revealed that she was a “survivor” of domestic violence and felt “forced” to share her experience.
“I have been in a very violent relationship for almost 2 years”, wrote Abigail, also stating that “my tormentor took advantage of my innocence and naivety and the relationship subsequently became violent”.
During the relationship, Abigail says she was “beaten regularly, locked in rooms and forced to pretend everything was ok and normal” while hiding “wounds that most people didn’t even see.”
“I’d use concealer and crusted foundation to hide all the bruises because, somehow, I still cared about this person.”
Abigail said the abuse she suffered in the relationship made her feel “ugly and hated” and as if she “deserved less than the filth.”
“I was sure, there had to be something inherently WRONG about ME. That I was a bitch, a problem, stupid, useless, ridiculous, overly sensitive, unreasonable and unlovable. These 2 years have been the loneliest I’ve ever felt.”
Abigail also said she was “grateful” for the “support” of her family and friends for “helping me out of this horrible situation,” and also notes that she has “a wonderful, healthy, happy and extraordinary relationship with mine. fiance”.
“My C-PTSD (complex post-traumatic stress disorder) is much better than it was in the first 2-3 years after my abusive relationship,” she said. “I still have moments. Occasionally I still have nightmares and certain things still trigger me. I’m still healing.
Abigail also said she wanted to share her experience to make others feel “less alone” and urged those who “are currently in an abusive relationship” that “you can get out of it.”
“I know it sounds impossible and terrifying, but you have survived so long and you CAN survive by leaving him if you have the right tools and support.”
If you or someone you know are in immediate danger from domestic violence, call the emergency health services. For anonymous and confidential help, you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7 at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or chat with a lawyer via the website.