This true short story is an account of the night I escaped an abusive environment to go live with another family member. It details only some of the things I endured under a person only referred to as ‘the man’. I used this essay to explore my feelings towards him, feelings that I didn’t fully realize until I had got out from under his influence. In this, I ask myself, “Why did I stay?” This essay is dedicated to my sister, because, without her support, and her pledge to do whatever it took to get me out, no matter the consequences, I don’t think I would have dared challenge the man who ruled my life.
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