Trigger Warning: this article contains discussions of domestic abuse that may not be suitable for all readers. Fearless community, please read with care.
The day had come. I was finally going to watch the YouTube video I had saved for when I was feeling brave. My finger hovered over the red play arrow and I tried to remember to breathe.
It took me three months to pluck up the courage to watch Rosie Duffield’s UK Parliamentary speech about her personal experience with domestic abuse.
“Abuse is very often all about control and power.”
— Rosie Duffield, UK Member of Parliament
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