Our expert says:
You raise some rather different issues here.
Firstly, there is little point in remaining in an abusive marriage, either for the abused spouse, or for the children. Secondly, there's need to be cautious about relationships based on internet contacts. I don't know how one could "trust with my life" someone you have actually never met ! For all you know, it could be your husband, pretending to be someone else.
There's a picture of a tiger at a computer, with the caption : "On the Internet, nobody knows you're looking for lunch" Remember that !
When you are in a miserable an abusive relationship, it can be such a relief to come across anyone else who seems interested in you and kind, that one can easily over-react.
Don't place much hope on this specific relationship, and its understandable that you worry about what could be done with the pictures you sent him. Did he send you similar pictures of himself ? Actally, even if he did, you have no way of knowing whether they were genuine pictures of him, or just some he found elsewhere on the web.
See a counsellor and work directly on planing the best way to protect yourself and your children from an abusive spouse, and explore safe ways to leave him and protect yourselves. Only once you are safely and securely on your own would it be worth thinking of a new relationship, and then that would be best achieved the old-fashioned way, with someone you know and have met many times in person
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