By Lupe Lopez
Daniel couldn’t take it anymore. Here he was being tortured, humiliated, and abused in the country where he thought he would be able to live a better life. He could recall the excitement he felt when he first arrived in the United States. He was young, inexperienced, and hopeful of living the “American Dream.” Instead, Daniel was in a living nightmare. He was trapped (or so he believed) in a marriage that was filled with verbal, physical, and sexual abuse. He believed that there was nothing he could do but to ride it out. Now that he was here, he was ashamed to go back to his home country having failed at marriage and at life.
Daniel had come to the United States as a tourist. Daniel met Bethany through a friend and from the moment Daniel met her, he thought this was the woman of his dreams. He fell in love with her immediately. They began dating and soon after they decided to room together; not just to save money, but also to spend more time together. In the beginning all went well. But when it was time for Daniel to go home, Bethany begged him to stay. Bethany immediately proposed to him and told him that he couldn’t leave without her. Daniel was elated and accepted her proposal. They married soon after.