At 28, Sharyn started a relationship with a man who became violent. He used multiple controlling tactics to stop her from pursuing tertiary studies. Now a family violence worker, Sharyn wants young people to have self-confidence and know they are strong and powerful.
We live in a society where, as women, it’s like you have to have a partner, and there’s something wrong with you if you haven’t got a partner.
After leaving the perpetrator, Sharyn was able to complete the tertiary studies that she previously thought she would need his help for. She reports feeling like “a new me” and wants young people to know that controlling behaviour is not a normal part of relationships.
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