Bruises fade, bones heal, humiliation is forever.

In the beginning he tried to convince me his hand/finger print wasn’t on my neck and that my neck was my shoulder because that was the defense he and his lawyer concocted. In late July, he sat across from me, looked straight into my eyes and said the bruises on my body and my neck may not have been from him, that I could have bumped into something.  I stared at him and asked if he was kidding – I was speechless –  He changed the subject and moved on, but later, after I expressed shock over his effort in trying to convince me the bruises were not from him, I was left even more speechless because he denied ever having said that to me.  Gaslighting was second nature to him, and it’s what drove me to the the brink of insanity.