Stalked for 11 years: one woman’s fight for freedom from an abusive ex-boyfriend

Stalked for 11 years: one woman’s fight for freedom from an abusive ex-boyfriend

by The GuardianWhen Koa’s boyfriend strangled her in 2002, she managed to escape by jumping out of a second-floor window. At the time, the two had been dating for about three years. The fall ended up breaking her ankle, but Koa was able to run to her neighbors and call 911. “If my will to live hadn’t outweighed his will to kill me, I would have been dead,” she says.

Koa and her boyfriend stayed together for several years after the assault; they lived together and had a child. Throughout the relationship, Koa says, the abuse continued. In 2006, as she was preparing to spend Christmas with their baby daughter and her parents, she looked up and took in the holes all over her house, from where her boyfriend had punched the walls. That’s when she decided to leave.

It took a few more years for the couple to split. They finally did so in 2009 – but that wasn’t the end of their story. Koa’s ex has spent the last 11 years stalking her and their daughter, now a teenager.

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