Because I had to be sure.

Because I’d never had a relationship last so long before.

Because my son called him “Dad”.

Because sometimes he was nice and funny and made me glad to be alive.

Because I had nowhere to go.

Because shelters are no place for children.

Because my friends and family liked him.

Because this hurts and I try to avoid pain.

Because I felt guilty at the thought of leaving him and hurting him.

Because the kind of abuse he did isn’t talked about often.

Because I knew once I said it was so, I’d have to act immediately.

Because I know he’d get more chances, but I’d only have this one.

That’s why I stayed – until now.


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