** Please, before getting involved in this thread, joksters are not welcome. If you cannot be mature, do not participate. ** Background: I have a close friend who met a pretty girl last weekend while we were out at a club. They were getting along well throughout the night, and they ended up making out. On the way home, he told me they got along really well and that he was going to see her again. So fast forward to yesterday. We talked and she told him in the meanwhile that she was a battered woman. Her previous boyfriend slapped her, held her down, pushed and shoved her against walls. I am not sure if he hit her with an open fist. It's been about 9 months or so since she's been away from him. Now, he's panicking and not so sure he wants to see her again. He asked me for my advice, and I told him to take it very slow and to be careful. She has told him that she is a "stronger person" now for it. Not exactly sure if she is saying that to make it a "non issue", but then why reveal this so fast? I of course, know that it's not her fault, and no one deserves treatment like that, but I am wondering a few things: 1.) Is it harder to get close to and gain the trust of a battered woman? Essentially to have a real, loving relationship without long term issues? 2.) What issues might SHE potentially have? 3.) Why the need to get that information out so quickly? 4.) What other issues might be worth considering? I think he should give her a chance, just take it slow if he really likes her. She was pretty cool when I talked with her, but he is understandably scared.