"At least he didn't hit you."
That was a common refrain to a friend of mine after she finally found the courage, a while ago now, to leave a destructive relationship. Funnily enough, in the thick of it, she thought it would be better if he did. At least then she would've been able to draw a definitive line in the sand. To know when enough was enough. To be yelled at, sworn at and, at the other extreme, ignored on a daily basis is easier to excuse. But just as hard to take.
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