I am 17 now and will graduate from high school this year.
I didn't even know her very well, but I started to cry. I said that nothing was wrong, but she just waited for me to stop crying and didn't ask me any questions. That's when she said words that I remembered ever since: "You don't deserve to be treated like that." I knew she was right, but I just couldn't see it before she said those words out loud.
It took me about two weeks before I had the courage to go back to talk to her again, this time after school when no one else was around.
She said that I didn't have to be with Benny if I didn't want to and I said I knew that, but I didn't know how to get out. She explained to me some things called dating violence.
After almost every class, he would stand outside the doorway and grab my arm when I came out and whisper in my ear that I better listen to him or something bad was going to happen to me.
I didn't know what to do and I tried to avoid him, but it seemed like he was always there waiting for me or watching me.
Most afternoons after school, I would get into trouble with my Mom because Benny made me stay with him while he worked on his car.