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**Disclaimer: The following story is true and contains material that some might find unsettling, and therefore it is not for the weak hearted. 

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A few years ago I met a man through a friend via an online dating site. We decided to go on a date because he was very persistent and showed a lot of interest.  At first things were great.  He was nice, respectful, charismatic, and treated me like a queen.  Then one day, he became rude, abusive, and outright violent.  I had to break it off because I have a 7 year old son (4 years old at the time), and I was looking out for his best interest.  Unfortunately, the man did not want to break up with me, and started to follow me everywhere, sit outside my house in his car, call my job, home, cell, family, some calls were plain eerie along with death threats and heavy breathing. This happened all the time and I lived in fear, and then worse…he tried to do the unthinkable.

First, he sent naked pictures of me to my boss, then on a revenge website which got me fired, and a few months later  made me lose my house because I now had no source of income and was afraid to leave my house.  Then he took it a step further and showed up at my house in the middle of the night, broke in while I was sleeping (along with my son), and forced himself on me, beating me, punching me, and suffocating me. He was a big, and strong man and full of evil!!  When I tried to fight back, he pulled out a knife and wouldn’t let me go.  He strangled me, and suffocated me until he thought I was dead!  So he took his hands off my lifeless body and walked into another room, when my son came in the room to check on my screams, I opened m eyes and the site of him gave me strength. I managed to break free, grab my son, and run for my car screaming.  The neighbors called the police and came outside because I was frantic and bleeding, clutching my son. The police came and they wouldn’t do much besides arrest him and let him out on bail .  This stalking, harassment, and violence continued for months to the point I had to get the courts involved, more police, and even the FBI before anyone took me serious.

That’s when I met the CEO of Instamour, while hiding in my room looking for at home employment so I didn’t have to leave my house.  Jason Sherman gave me hope and employment. He believed in me and was horrified that this happens to everyday people.  He even talked to the FBI and police for me to help with this issue. He was the only person that didn’t judge me, and instead he showed true concern and wanted to find a way to help. We spent many days and nights perfecting Instamour together to make it welcoming and safe for women like me. I was able to work and not be afraid because we had such a tight nit team I felt at home.  This was my therapy, creating a safe place to find real love and protecting women from cowards like the man I had met. I went from having no hope to giving others hope as the VP of an amazing startup company. I thank god everyday for Instamour.

I suddenly realized I wasn’t a victim anymore and that fate was at play, and I was meant to be a part of this company and something real. I was now able to help other women and share my story.  I want to personally thank all of you ladies for joining our cause, and I would love to hear any feedback from you about our app or any stories that you might have as well.  If you would like to email me directly, to talk more, or if you would even like a phone call from me to talk about your story, or our app, or anything at all, I would really like that.  Leave me a comment and let’s chat!

kristin

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