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Domestic Abuse Victim Shares Story On Imgur (Photos)

| by Michael Howard

A domestic abuse victim has shared details of her experience on Imgur in the hopes that doing so would provide her with "closure."

In a viral post titled "My Domestic Violence Tale, Yadda, Yadda, Yadda," a woman with the username "krissykross" uploaded six screenshots from her phone demonstrating her ex-husband's jealous and controlling behavior.

At one point, her husband -- who appears as "Adam" in the text messages -- badgers her while she's at work. He asks her where she is, where and when she went to lunch, and who she's with. He tells her they need to talk "like now" and says to let him know when she clocks out.

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"This is a good example of strings of texts I would get at work while on shift (I am not allowed my phone on the clock)," the woman wrote underneath the screenshot.

In another exchange, Adam accuses her of "provoking" him by denying that she had seen a male coworker named Tony that day.

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Elsewhere, he admits that he "set traps" so that he could keep track of her whereabouts.

The woman explained that the abuse was physical as well as emotional.

"I had a huge bruise on my arm from where my husband had bit me, leaving visible teeth marks," she wrote. "The bruise was so bad it hung around for almost a month."

In the last screenshot, Adam says he hates her, calls her an "animal" and tells her she's "not welcome here in Washington." He then abruptly commands her to call him, stating that she has 10 minutes.

The relationship wasn't always abusive, according to the woman. She said Adam was once a "kind, loving man." But everything changed when she lost weight.

"Suddenly I was cheating, I lost weight to get men, I couldn't buy clothes that fit me after the 80 pounds lost because it showed off my body," she wrote.

Before long Adam had reportedly become violent, hitting and sexually assaulting her.

"I wanted to go out with two (female) coworkers for my 23rd birthday," she recalled. "I told him weeks in advance and when the time came he punched me in the face and slammed my head into the floor."

Efforts to discuss the issue with Adam's parents were unsuccessful.

"I tried to talk to his parents and they told me it was normal in a young marriage and I should reassure him," she wrote. "His father is a pastor in Tennessee and holds this belief."

She said the breaking point came when Adam abused her pets. She packed her bags, left the house and called the police. Adam was eventually charged with a series of misdemeanors and two felonies. Still, she said, she felt outnumbered in court as she listened "to several people testify how great of a person he was."

Three years after leaving her husband, she says she's "doing great" and stressed that she's not looking for sympathy.

"I have my own place, a decent job, my pets are doing very well," she wrote. "My credit is s*** from the divorce but really, I'm in decent company in that. This isn't really a sob story; I'm really proud of what I've done on my own. I just wanted to share for possibly some closure since I never really got that."

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, approximately 20 people are abused by an intimate partner every minute in the United States. That works out to over 10 million people per year.

One out of three women -- and one out of four men -- experience some form of violent abuse from an intimate partner at some point in their lives.

Sources: krissykross/ImgurNational Coalition Against Domestic Violence / Photo credit: DualD FlipFlop/Flickr, krissykross/Imgur

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