I met Wes at my gym.
We got talking and decided to go for a drink. Over the next three weeks we met numerous times.
I was beginning to really like this guy. Then I found out via a mutual friend that he had been in prison!
He had only been out 4 months! So, I asked him and yes it was true.
I was totally gutted, devastated. I have a responsible job in education and 2 teenage children, how could I carry on seeing him now?
His crime was bad. I Googled him and there he was — a criminal.
He too was disappointed with my decision, but understood. I did some research, read things online, looked at the Unlock website and forums.
I was surprised by her positivity. She told me many people turn their lives around after release from prison. So I decided to see him again.
He apologised and admitted he was struggling to find a way to tell me about his prison sentence. Over the past seven months he has met many of my immediate family and some of my friends.
Most have accepted him. I have lost a couple friends because of my decision to carry on seeing him.
These so called friends have never even spoken to me about Wes and have never even met him. Narrow minded, judgemental and hypocritical.