Molly Cunliff was excited to start her life as an adult. She had a good job, a new place to live and a loving boyfriend. Being a social media addict Cunliff was sure to keep her friends updated. She could never think this would lead to something that would change her life.
Cunliff always had a social media habit. It was her way to stay connected with friends and family. In fact, it was through social media that she met her boyfriend. Matthew Bailey was a little older than Cunliff, but the two quickly hit it off. After spending time back and forth on Facebook, Bailey took Cunliff out on a proper date. This was the start of their relationship.
Cunliff being super excited, shared her new relationship status online. She talked about Bailey frequently on social media, and he relished the attention. but, soon Cunliff’s social media habits were about to take a turn no one saw coming. Matthew Bailey was a little older than Cunliff, but after spending time talking back and forth on Facebook, Bailey took Cunliff out on a proper date. She talked about Bailey frequently on social media, and he relished the attention. But soon Cunliff’s social media habits were about to turn into a nightmare.
Even though they were just together, Bailey started controlling Cunliff’s life very quickly. ”We had to meet at certain times, and I have to be up and dressed at certain times”, she said.
“He would ring me several times in the morning and would accuse me of sleeping with someone else if I didn’t answer. I felt like I was trapped.”
She wasn’t allowed to have Snapchat because she was speaking to boys, she had to delete it from her phone. She also was not allowed to follow anymore boys on Instagram. Matthew Bailey would only allow Molly Cunliffe to message gay men or other women. She tried to end the relationship three times, but Bailey threatened to kill me and my family.
During one phone call recorded by a friend of Cunliffe following an argument, Bailey warned her: ‘You’ll get a car through your front window and I’ll stab you in the neck. You know what I’m capable of.’
He added: ‘Do not block my number then go home and shag. Tell your mum and dad to sit upstairs, I’ll drive a car through your gaff and take a picture to prove you’re outside having a cig.’Bailey actually started treating her with violence. That was the moment when Cunliff sought help. Desperate, she took legal action against Bailey, seeking a restraining order in court. Although Bailey denied her allegations, the judge was quick to side with Cunliff.
Bailey was jailed for six months after being found guilty of engaging in coercive and controlling behavior in an intimate relationship. He is also banned from contacting Cunliff for five years. New laws recently came into place that outlines what you can no longer do to control or mentally, financially, or physically abuse your partner.
Now, Molly wants to move on with her life and she is relieved to feel free again. She did not miss Bailey in the slightest. She is happy she can act again the way she wants on social media.