Dear Abby: I’m a 27-year-old woman trapped in a loveless marriage. My husband is a few years younger, and very co-dependent. Before he dated me, he had never had a girlfriend or a sexual encounter. I came into the relationship with a child and some trust/fear issues because my ex had abused me.
My husband has now become verbally, sexually and to a lesser degree, physically abusive, to the point of striking my 5-year-old son. I threw him out for that, but caved to pressure from my family to take him back. They think he’s a “stabilizing” influence in my life. They don’t know about, or can’t grasp, his abuse or the abuse I survived previously. If I hint at it, they accuse me of “lying for attention.”