Conversations about abusive relationships among same-sex couples often go untold, but one survivor opened up to HuffPost Live to share his harrowing experience with an abusive boyfriend.
John Mio, a domestic violence survivor and advocate, found himself in an abusive relationship two years ago, unsure of how to escape. Like many similar stories, his relationship didn't start off that way.
"It was love at first sight, how it usually is," Mio explained to host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani. "We got engaged, moved in together and [then] everything started going downhill from there."
The abuse Mio endured is hard to imagine. It started as verbal and then got brutally physical.
"Things kept getting worse and worse, to the point where I had to eat my dinner off the floor," he said. "I couldn’t speak because I’d get punched in the face."
The violence didn't stop there. The breaking point for Mio, he described, was when he was locked in a garage for nearly two weeks.
While he said he knew the abuse was "very wrong," he "didn't know how to get out" because he'd left his family and friends behind to pursue the relationship.
But Mio is now free from the abuse and is sharing his story in the hopes of helping others.
"I’m not saying I regret everything that happened because it’s made me a stronger person that I am today. It just shows that if I share my story, it'll get out to people and maybe they can see whatever happens to you, you can make a difference," he said.
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