Sabrina Rubin Erdely writes the story of Mary Clemons, a domestic abuse survivor, who escaped her abusive husband seven times, but returned each time. It was only a near-death incident that prompted her to make her eighth and final escape.
Clemons was able to escape with the help of friends who noticed the abuse, listened to their friend and showed both moral and practical support. Before her near-death incident where she was strangled and smothered, her story began like any other love story. She was the center of his attention, but once they got married and had their first child, things changed drastically. She realized that the controlling behaviour he displayed when they were just dating was nothing to be flattered by and should have served as warning signs.
She followed the same cycle of abuse that abused women are all too familiar with; how the man changes, apologizes, and does and says the right things to lure her back, the home remains peaceful and happy, but only temporarily, and then the abuse starts again.
After the sixth time of escaping and failing to stay away due to the lack of resources at her disposal, Clemons realized the next time she escapes she would need more preparation, she needed a getaway plan.
Find out how Clemons got away and stayed away, read her full story here.