Gaslighted Confidence

Go ahead with your life, your plans, your dreams and desires, as fully as you can.

P1010419

Affection

he just doesn’t have the time

Anger

he physically intimidates her

Blaming

if you only did what I told you

Choking

she wears a scarf to hide the bruises

Coercion

he makes her have sex with other men

Committment

she had to prove her love too soon

Confidence

he killed her confidence with sneers

Confidences

he told her secrets to his drinking buddies

Confusion

she doubted her own memory

Degredation

in public, he said she was lying

Demanding

he will tolerate nothing but the best

Demeaning

he likes to humiliate her

Drinking

he’s only abusive when he’s been drinking

Fear

she must not disturb his routine

Force

he forces her to sleep on the floor

Gaslighting

often she doubted her own sanity

Infidelity

he said she was just a bitch from the office

Interrogation

where was she and why didn’t she call?

Lying

he confuses her with his mind games

Manipulation

he is underhanded and abusive

Medication

why won’t she take the tranquilisers?

Money

he checks her household account book

Pets

he tells her she never had a cat

Rape

he likes to use objects in her

Rejection

he says she is a bitch and a loser

Sadism

he likes to see her to suffer pain

Sex

when he wants, the way he wants her

Shaming

he said she looked like a slut

Stubbornness

please slow down, you almost hit that truck

Threats

she will be left homeless and broke

Violence

he never actually hit me

Escape

she walks into the sea under dawn’s early light,

and never once looks back

P1010336.

words and pictures by jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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