They met on Tinder. It’s a dating app where singles can meet for love or just hooking up. She thought it was love.
They had a hot and cold relationship. It almost ended in her death New Year’s Day.
Shaylene Wilson, 22, is telling her story as a warning to other women who fall in love and fall victim to deceit. She got into an argument with her boyfriend outside Nectar Nightclub. She says he forced her into her car. The man hit her and then slammed the vehicle into a parked tractor trailer near St. Mathews and Arlington early last Friday morning.
Wilson says he loved her and that he had changed. He wanted another chance.
“It’s so hard to get away. I know now how much I fell for him and all the lies.”
She has a six-year-old from another relationship.
“He was safe and I was prepared to die.”
“I’ve seen the comments saying: ‘It’s her fault because she had a protection order…’ You don’t know the extent of the manipulation. Before this I was never a person to put up with this.”
Police have charged a man following the incident.
Christopher Rutherford, 31, remains in custody charged with attempted murder, kidnapping and several other charges.
This morning, I had a panel of people who deal with victims of domestic violence on a daily basis. Anna Pazdzierski, executive director of Nova House in Selkirk, Steve Sutherland, therapist at the Men’s Resource Centre and Lesley Lindberg, executive director of Willow Place joined me in studio.