Hello Interpersonal Stack Exchange,
About two weeks ago I posted the question "How do I help my girlfriend defend herself against manipulative parents?". I recommend reading that one first as it contains some preliminary info that ties into this post.
I believe that it's necessary to start a new question because I did leave out some info on my first post and the situation has also gotten much worse.
PS: I know it's quite the lengthy post but all the information is necessary and I've tried my best to shorten it down as much as possible.
PPS: It could be said that maybe the internet isn't the best place to look for help in a situation like this, but just know I'm trying other sources of help as well and my hope with this post is for it to spread so we can get as much help as possible.
Background - Pt. 2 [Trigger Warning]
In my first post there were a few things that I failed to mention that I am mentioning now since they are of more relevance in this question.
The first being a history of sexual abuse.
In her lifetime there has been multiple occurrences of sexual abuse/molestation ranging from when she was six to just recently.
There are two main occasions I want to talk about here:
She was six or seven at a friends house and there was a period of time where her friend was using the bathroom and the dad tried to rape her. What makes this case difficult is that the man that did this was a well known judge in her home country.
A boy in her school has been trying (sometimes successful) to molest her during a class that they shared. That went on for the last school year and I hope it won't happen again (I don't think they share classes anymore).
The second being a history of self-harm.
I believe this started mostly because of the sexual abuse history and how it affected her but I also believe it's also partly due to the derogatory remarks and additional emotional abuse she receives from her parents.
- In the past she has caused harmed herself by burning or cutting herself but no longer does these things.
- The last time she cut herself was on her thighs around 3 months ago. It was another time where her parents were giving her a really hard time. She showed me and we did a lot of talking went on about why she does it and how she can stop and I still try to help her with it.
- When her parents found out about it their reaction was not helpful. Her mom told her she was crazy and asked her if she was planning on cutting her siblings too. Her dad got extremely upset and asked her if she was also doing drugs while proceeding to seize all of her makeup and rummage through her personal belongings on a mad witch hunt for drugs.
Around the second month we were dating, I got into vaping for various stupid reasons. I used to bring it sometimes when I would come over and would use it when we would walk around the lake near her house.
There are a couple points I want to bring up about this:
I was into vaping for about three weeks before I decided that I hated it more than I liked it and eventually planned to sell the vape pen.
I used nicotine free e-liquid.
She had tried a puff once and didn't like it at all.
I accidentally left it at her house the last time I used it. She found it, told me, and was going to give it back to me the next weekend when I came over. However we kept forgetting and one week I just told her to get rid of it, but she apparently didn't since she felt bad and knew I was going to sell it. We forgot about it up until this point (it was hidden in one of her bags).
So today the plan was for me to come over and hang out with her for a few hours since it's the last day of her summer. Unfortunately, her mom somehow found the vape pen we had forgotten about so long ago and freaked out while proceeding to tell her father and uncle. This situation is very bad, especially with the drug talk from earlier.
So basically, we ended up not hanging out and she has been asking me for help and updating me up until now.
Let me tell you how they've retaliated...
They've emptied her bank account and transferred all funds to her mother (as far as I know all future direct deposits will also be taken from her not long after they drop).
They will take all of her personal belongings at the end of tonight and I am not sure when or if she'll get them back. (She might get her phone back)
Her dad told her–today–she had three strikes but that she's already used two of them. This and apparently the first is from when she cut her leg (his reasoning behind this strike is he thinks she was just wanting attention, which is a pretty f'ed up mindset if you ask me). If she strikes out again, apparently they will then move somewhere else (in or out of country). Honestly her parents hate it here and will look for any excuse to move out of the country.
They told her that no matter what she will have to attend college in her home country. She doesn't want this. She has signed up for multiple scholarship programs and wants to attend college and start her life here.
Best case scenario, her family is staying in the country for two more years. She has told me she doesn't want to leave with them and has told me she would like to move in with me when her family leaves. She'll be 19 at the time so there shouldn't really be any issues with that.
How do we properly inform her parents that she 1) will not be leaving with them, 2) will not be attending college in her home country, and 3) will be moving in with me when they leave?*
*I have a bad feeling things will not go well when this subject is brought up and am wondering if legal help will be needed since, although she will be 18+, I have a feeling that they will still try to assert their dominance over her.
Let me also clarify that her parents know about both instances of sexual abuse and have done almost nothing about them.
I've tried following community guidelines to my best ability, but I'm sure I could have messed up somewhere. Feel free to let me know and I'd be happy to fix!