After I left my abusive husband, all my friends and family sided with him, saying I made up the abuse. He's a local hero and everyone fell for his act, including me.
In tears, I conveyed my anger to my counselor about how unfair it was that he was destined for a life of happiness with someone else, and I was left alone with no one, the outcast of the town.
She said, "And what makes you think he'll be happy? He may work very hard to convey that illusion, but people are seldom as happy behind closed doors as they portray themselves to be."
That got me through his getting married again. And when his next wife ran for her life and escaped him after 7 months of marriage, I realized how true it was.
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