This story mentions domestic violence and sexual assault.
When Jacinta* told her abusive husband she was leaving him, she thought her life would finally start to turn around.
Although he took it badly, he did seem to accept it, so Jacinta moved into a separate part of the house. They figured it would be easier financially until they could work things out properly.
But Jacinta’s husband found a new way to exert control over her.
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"Intimacy was no longer a part of our relationship, but he clearly thought it was okay to act on his desires," shares Jacinta.
In the middle of the night, she would hear him slowly walking upstairs and creep into her bedroom, where she lay wide awake, but pretending to sleep.
"He would lift the blankets and begin to touch me. I would roll over onto my stomach but that wouldn’t deter him."
He blamed his behaviour on her. After all, she was lying 'half-naked in bed', he told her. "What am I supposed to do?"