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Jody says she had just come out of an abusive relationship when she met Georgie. She was aware that Georgie had a criminal record.

"And I think to myself, 'Run as fast as you can,'" she says. "[But] I thought I could handle it."

Dr. Ablow says her behavior was partly due to low self-esteem. "But when you say 'I knew better; I should have run'—My guess is this isn't the first time in your life where you should have run."

Jody says she has been running her entire life and that instead of facing things, she turns away. "I was molested as a child, so I struggled with that for a lot of years and during my teenage years I turned to drugs and alcohol and to the wrong scenes," she says. "And then at about 20 years old I realized I couldn't use that as a cop-out anymore. It was time to move forward and, I had to accept this happened to me and not let it bring me down. And I lived good and was doing good for a while. But I ended up falling back into the same [pattern]."
FROM: When the One You Love Is a Pedophile
Published on August 02, 2005