I am pretty sure that i have written about the protection in the past, but i wanted to share more thoughts on this subject.
It's always been my belief that their are I/individuals W/who can't defend T/themselves. Although i really don't have much use of my limbs and am bounded to a ventilator, i still wanted to be a voice for T/those W/who found T/themselves in situations that were dangerous in nature and precipitated by another P/person.
While in pursuit of earning a degree in Criminal Justice, in hopes of changing the World, i was ignoring someone that was close to me, who was in the very situation that i wanted to protect P/people from. Y/you see, my best friend at the time, had a on again and off again Master Who degraded her and was in short, a predator. After i learned the tools to help I/individuals like my friend, the opportunity to help her, came too late. Three months after i graduated college, my friend passed away. Although my friend had health problems and other issues, it is believed by a few that my friend took her own life, due to the emotional trauma her ex Master caused her. After her passing, i swore to myself that i would never become owned to a predator. Little did i know that i would have to eat my words.
At the age of twenty-five, i met a man Who would be the first to capture my heart. Unfortunately, He turned out to be a mirror image of my deceased friend's ex Dominant. My ex Master told me that i was not worldly and made me feel that i was worthless as a person and as a submissive. After fourteen months of being with my ex Dominant, i left Him. Although it's been almost two years since i escaped my ex Dominant's clutches, i am still left with the humiliation and feeling of failure of myself of getting into a situation like that. The only things that are consolations for me, is that i now am better able to assist P/people in situations like these, the discovery of the love i have for the polyamory lifestyle and that i relearned that i can protect myself.
I urge E/everybody that are in similar situations to take measures to protect Y/yourself or seek help for those occasions that are beyond Y/you. Always remember that a relationship, regardless of its lifestyle basis, is to enhance the P/person that Y/you already are, not take away.