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‘He slapped me so hard that I was flung across the bed’ – Pastor’s ex wife opens up about abuse

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Mary says she’s speaking out because she wants other women to know it’s possible to escape from domestic violence. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Mary says she’s speaking out because she wants other women to know it’s possible to escape from domestic violence. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

He’d lined her and her children up against the wall, and then said the unthinkable: “Tell me, who shall I shoot first?”

That’s the side of her ex-husband his congregation never saw. And it’s what still gives her nightmares, Mary Smith* tells YOU.

To his congregation Pastor John* was the kindly pastor who preached about love, patience and family values. But behind closed doors Mary found herself trapped in a cycle of unspeakable abuse, both physically and emotionally.

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