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I’ve practiced the conversation in my head over and over of exactly how I would say each word “I can’t be with you anymore. I’m leaving you.” Only to feel the terror pull back the words before they make it through my lips. Counting down until I was completely empty and numb. I know the coldness of the bathroom tile against my cheek.
More than one-third of dating college students give passwords to their partner, which can make them more vulnerable to these forms of abuse.
Maybe this is as good as it gets.” I know what it’s like to be in a place where the only thing worse than staying is leaving. I know what it’s like to feel loneliest when you are with laying right next to someone. The ones spent staring at the numbers on the clock as they change, one by one, second by second through the night. Standing in the shower staring at the water falling down the drain, hardly feeling the drops against my face. If you are wondering if there’s something better out there…if there’s more in store for you, the answer is yes.
Silently begging for someone to help me and to tell me what I am supposed to do.
Whitley Grant is project coordinator for Resources, Intervention, Service and Education, an anti-intimate partner violence and sexual violence resource on Shaw University's campus.
Grant said a major challenge in her efforts is that many students don’t recognize abusive behavior when they see it.