AMEN. Shout it from the rooftops! That is just how my first relationship (which led to my first marriage) started out, when he began pursuing me. He overwhelmed me in such a short space of time and because 'he was vulnerable' I didn't know how to say no... plus I'd not properly recovered from the sexual abuse of my childhood nor had a boyfriend before. He must have thought he was the spider that trapped the fly when he met me. In my EMDR session today I was recalling all those seemingly small, seemingly non-abusive moments right at the beginning of the 'relationship'. Coercion, manipulation: subtle forms of evil but nevertheless evil. But hallelujah for therapy and hallelujah for a wonderful, kind, patient husband. 'The Lord is my shepherd; I have everything I need.'
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