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Heartbreaking stories of male abuse survivors: When they finally walked away

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In a recent thread started by Rebecca P. Fox, men who suffered abuse at the hands of their female partners shared their stories about what finally caused them to leave.

The responses reveal a harrowing range of experiences, showing that abuse can manifest in many ways and affect anyone.

One user, Spruckster.tree, shared that his breaking point was when his partner began using sex as a weapon to manipulate him. Another, torytorrential, described a violent incident where his partner hit him in the mouth with a frying pan, almost breaking his jaw, because he had been looking into moving back home.

This shocking act of violence made him realize that she was not a person he could reason with.

Srrycharli3scurvics recounted a terrifying experience where he was afraid to sleep in the same house as his partner, fearing she might cut his throat.

His fear was justified when he later learned she poured boiling water on her next boyfriend while he was asleep, causing third-degree burns.

Another user, premonition96, shared a distressing moment when his partner punched him in the face repeatedly while he was feeding their infant child, nearly causing the baby to fall. Her lack of concern for their child’s safety was his final straw.

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Maples_photogarden’s story involved repeated infidelity. When he confronted his partner, she dismissed his feelings and assaulted him when he declared he was done with the relationship.

Rickyg81 spoke of the mental abuse he endured, which only ended when his brother pointed out how stressed and changed he had become.

Some stories highlighted how the abusers’ behavior continued to escalate. For instance, akwoodchuck described how his partner’s constant verbal, physical, and financial abuse culminated in her demanding a divorce yet again. This time, instead of trying to fix things, he agreed, finally ending the cycle.

The stories also revealed how difficult it is to leave an abusive relationship, especially when there’s manipulation involved.

For example, justin.freeman.144 realized the true nature of his partner only after years of suffering, making it easier to walk away. Similarly, keyrunbenji spoke about his partner’s mental health struggles and refusal to manage them, which ultimately led to their breakup.

One particularly poignant story came from john_weatherston, who described reaching rock bottom and realizing that being homeless was preferable to living another night with his abuser. His support network played a crucial role in helping him survive the aftermath.

These stories shed light on the often-overlooked issue of men being abused by their female partners. They emphasize the importance of recognizing abuse in all its forms and the need for supportive networks to help survivors rebuild their lives.

The courage these men displayed in sharing their experiences serves as a reminder that anyone can be a victim of abuse, and it’s never too late to seek help and find a way out.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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