This was a hard read, for me personally, but a worthwhile one. Thank you for exposing this through your personal narrative. I have been the friend in the wings and can attest to it being difficult but that is usually born out of a lack of personal maturity, or other issues not any wrongdoing on the unrequited love’s part. None of that is an excuse for assault of any caliber nor for the ensuing emotional manipulation. I am glad you shared and thank you for your courage.