September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.  Read and share stories to honor survivors whose loved ones died by gun suicide.

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Chloe Gayer

When I was 15 years old, my boyfriend held a gun to my head and told me that at any moment he could pull the trigger. He told me that if I “upset” him, he wouldn’t hesitate to pull that trigger. He made sure that I knew he had total control over my life. Even as a freshman in high school, there was nothing I could do to stop him. Nothing I could do to leave him because I was nothing without him.

Even though it’s been over two years since I last saw him, I am still afraid. I am still scared that at any moment he will show up on my doorstep, and I will become one of the 70 women who are murdered by an intimate partner each month.

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