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May 20, 2022

Nick is an ex-football player!  Vanessa is a shopping network hostess lady!  I know, it sounds cute, but it was completely overshadowed for us by her terrifying stalker ex! If you or someone you know is experiencing intimate partner violence, which is what we used to call domestic violence, you can get help. Start with these resources:

National Domestic Violence Hotline
Love is Respect National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network’s (RAINN) National Sexual Assault Hotline
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
Intimate partner violence can take many forms - it can come from any romantic or sexual partner whether you're married or not, from somebody you're currently with or somebody you used to be with, and it's any kind of abuse or aggression.  It can be something that happens once or something that happens a lot, and it can come and go.  Violent behavior can include:
Physical violence, when your partner hurts or tries to hurt you physically.
Sexual violence, when your partner forces or tries to force you to take part in a sex act when you don't or can't consent. This includes situations where you consent to sex but don't consent to specific sex acts, when you consent to sex but your partner removes a condom or sabotages your birth control, when you're pressured to take part in a non-physical sexual act like sending nudes or sexting, and any other situation where you don't consent.
Stalking, when your partner forces repeated, unwanted attention and contact on you and makes you fear for your safety or the safety of someone close to you.  
Psychological aggression, when your partner uses verbal or non-verbal communication to harm you mentally or emotionally or exert control over you.
None of that is okay and nobody deserves it.