I had my first boyfriend when I was 16. He was my first everything and I thought he will be my last. I imagine the white picket fence, the two kids, and a dog I thought we would have it all. I know being 16, how I can you be so naive? But the sweet nothings that he whispered in my ears seems like a dream that I was waiting to come true. We dated for five years. It was five years of emotional abuse, five years of broken promises, five years of dreams turning into the fairytales. I became broken within those five years. I forgot who I was and took up for him whenever people would try to save me from him. He had me at his will and he knew it. I was weak and he took advantage of it. I did not know how to break away from, I was scared. I was scared of being alone, starting over, or putting myself in the same situation. I did not know what to do, and to be honest I still do not know what to do. I am still in the relationship, but I need help. How do I break away from a man who has so much power over me? How can I gain my power back? How can I start over?