With a social media following of more than 20 million, Humans of New York provides rare glimpses into the lives of strangers walking the streets of New York City (and sometimes other cities).
Just hours ago, a photograph of a woman, shot from the neck down, was published to Facebook and Instagram.
The accompanying caption reads;
“We’ve been together for twenty years. I’ve never dated anyone else. But there’s no intimacy. There’s no ring on the finger. He doesn’t even want his family to know we’re together. Maybe it’s my weight. Maybe it’s a status thing. But he keeps me away from his family. I accidentally sat by his sister at a basketball game, and his jaw nearly dropped to the floor. We’ve only made love once. That was twelve years ago. He won’t kiss me or touch me. I’ve just stopped asking. But he insists that we’re in a relationship. He got mad when I tried to change my relationship status to ‘single.’ He got on my computer and changed it back. I didn’t even know that he knew my password. I told myself that I was OK with it. I told myself that I’m OK with not being touched. But I don’t think I am. I recently went to a therapist for the first time. I was so scared he’d find out that I parked my car next door. But maybe it would be good if he found out. Maybe he’d leave me and give me a chance.”
At the time of writing, less than five hours since the post was published, it has received a huge reaction in terms of shares, likes, comments and, most tellingly, support.
Perhaps most fascinating about the viral post, is that the comments – which have flooded both Facebook and Instagram – appear unanimous.
“This woman is in trouble,” read one comment.
“…everyone deserves to have a human touch from someone who loves and cares for them,” read another, which has garnered more than 50,000 likes.
“Thank you for your vulnerability. I can only imagine the amount of lives you have touched by sharing your story. I hope the support this community gives you is the catalyst to find a new life for yourself,” another woman wrote on Instagram.