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Janet Romanowski, 45, East Grand Rapids


“I was always attracted to the bad guys, they were so fascinating to me. Jay, a boy I went to GRCC with, had always liked me but I never knew it. I always just considered him my friend, but little did I know he would forever change my life. Before I ended up with Jay I met a guy and he brainwashed me, had me convinced of so many things. My parents were extremely strict growing up, I had a curfew and I knew better than to break it. One night this ‘bad boy’ I was seeing fought me and forced me into a corner and wouldn’t let me leave the house we were at even after I told him I was going to be late for my curfew. I finally made it home at 3 a.m. and my mom was still up, extremely furious with me. Jay who had been at the house where I was forced against my own will called my house phone to make sure I was okay. He was always looking out for me. I didn’t know it at the time but it was kind of a bad thing that turned into a good thing, you know? He wasn’t my type at the time, but he ended up being the guy, my guy.”

Reporting and photo by Nikki Herrmann