Comedian Shares Disturbing Details About an Abusive Relationship

“It’s not simple ... I ask you to have the courage to listen and accept it because I'm trying.”

“Same girl in all of these photos (me) … You may be weirded out but read on,” Beth Stelling wrote this week on Instagram , with a photo of her bruised legs and arm. Stelling, an up-and-coming comedian, admits she was in an abusive relationship, and that these bruises were the results.

In an even braver move, she describes how hard it was to break things off. She owns up to the fear and embarrassment of being in the situation, and how, even though she broke up with the boyfriend this summer, it was only now that she realized she needed to vocalize her experience. “After being verbally, physically abused and raped, I dated him for two more months. It’s not simple,” she writes. It’s been a gradual road to self-acceptance, she explains. She had been making vague jokes about her situation in her stand-up routine, but now was the time to open up—for her own well-being. “I don’t want revenge or to hurt him now, but it’s unhealthy to keep this inside because my stand-up is pulled directly from my life.”

Her full Instagram post below: