I am a survivor of an 11-year physically and emotionally abusive relationship. I suffered beatings, broken bones, knocked out teeth, public humiliation, and several serious murder attempts. This is unfortunately not a new story in our society today.
I'm a six-foot-three-inch, 200-pound man and my abuser was a five-foot-seven-inch, 130-pound woman. Stockholmed is the story of the transformation I made from a self-assured, successful young man to a beaten-down shadow of my former self, praying every day that death would release me from my psychological prison cell. The title, Stockholmed was derived from Stockholm syndrome. I believe that nearly everyone living in an abusive relationship suffers from a combination of Stockholm syndrome and PTSD. Domestic violence is not gender specific, and violence is simply one of the tools an abuser uses to keep his or her victim in line.
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- Adam Gleicher