WOMEN
07/18/2014 09:12 am ET Updated Jul 18, 2014

IT HAPPENED TO ME: I Was In An Emotionally Abusive Relationship With A Person I Never Met For 7 Years

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College. A new beginning. The world at my fingertips. I always found it fairly easy to make friends, and being social was second nature to me. Around the time MySpace and Facebook hit the campus, I was actively social both online and off.

I met Paul on MySpace my sophomore year at a small private college in upstate New York. He was from New England and we quickly developed a relationship despite our long distance. At a time where social media exploded it was not rare to "friend" people on sites whom you didn't know -- I had hundreds of friends on MySpace I had never met.

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