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#293

It is possible to leave an abusive situation. I am sad, but I am free.

My Battles Surviving Rape, Sexual Assaults and Domestic Violence

Don’t be afraid to share your story and speak up don’t be afraid of others who tell you you aren’t being honest
You know your truth and you know what you went through with your body
Reach out to hotlines if you feel overwhelmed
As a survivor you are never alone you are loved and cared for and so much more etc

Better days are yet to come

Don't ever lose hope because better days will come.
Pause and remember - Nothing lasts forever.
Every day that we wake up is a good day.
As you wait for better days, don't forget to enjoy today, in case they've already started.

Name experience

Namewho now lives in Idaho and owns his own business lied on me to cover the truth from his wife. Name approached me and I had no clue that he was married. Name offered to pay my bills and to take care of me so as far as I knew I was dating him it was long distance but I was dating him. I've never had sex with the man. But then I come to find out that he has a wife and when I found out that he had a wife and that they've had trouble conceiving I felt very guilty so I told her the truth and because I told her the truth and becaus...

Your Courage is Your Strength & Your Strength is Your Courage

#286

Tell somebody, no matter how bad you may be afraid people will think you're crazy or you know they won't care or believe you. Tell anyone. Just tell on them.

The Kitchen Job From Hell

I worked in a hospital kitchen as a food services assistant, I was 23 years old. My brother had died the year prior he was 24 years of age when he passed. I had so much grief inside whilst also trying to work and had just moved out of home. I was a lost women learning my way on my own.

How do I stop blaming myself?

What helped me heal most was my boyfriend. He was always there for me and never once judged me. He was the first person in my life to show me love regardless of who I am and what I've been through. It's probably the closest thing to unconditional love there is.

Surviving The Battle

Don’t feel afraid to reach out for help and support it’s going to be times where you will feel overwhelmed but you have to stay strong and be strong and things will get better
You are not alone you are never alone

I wanted a friend. That's not what I got.

For reference, I am a college student and this story generally takes place in a college town.
I was excited to have made a new friend during quarantine. We met right before the lockdown in 2020, and would have a few phone or video calls every few weeks or so. For context, I have a smattering of social anxiety I have been living with since I was a pre-teen, and I'm especially nervous around guys my age. That's why making this platonic friend was so valued to me. I am a person with few close friends, and I decided to let him in. I decided to tru...

my sister.

healing is within yourself, it takes time and strength and i believe that we are all strong enough to get though whatever we are going through its just finding a place to start. but i have faith in all and believe you have got what it takes. remember that you are enough, you are strong, and you belong here. and no matter what has happened to you it is not your fault . please stay

Childhood trauma

Healing is like playing chess.

#278

speak out when youre ready. dont be forced, dont hold back either. youll know when its your time to share, its up to you. healing and growth is gonna take some time, but one day youll notice the world feels a little lighter on your shoulders. youre not alone.

Coercive sex

I’m not really sure what healing means or how to acquire it.

a shy 17 yr old

we're so much stronger than we make ourselves believe.

Trying To Get Back On Course

You ARE believed. You ARE special. You ARE NOT responsible for what happened.

#271

While I was a Collge Student; I met The Most Precious Lady.
She is so Beautful, Elegant and Refined.
I was unable to buy Her a meal due to demands of expenses.
She has been through unspeakble pain in Her Lifetime.
Although I bought Her pizza and gave Her transporation; I wish that I could have taken Her to the finest Restaurant.

Keep Going

Parents Brutal Violence

Yes

#266

I don't know.

AAbs

Healing is difficult. In order to heal, you must accept that the harm is real. This is obviously painful. I heal with meditation, mantras, and self-defense mechanisms. I am hardly healed, but I am trying. Healing is difficult, painful even, but worth it. I feel strengthened by my attempts to heal.

#264

many times

you are a survivor even if you don't feel like it. your trauma is valid, it's real.

I tried to fight...

When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.
~ Audre Lorde

an affirmation of worthiness

My Story

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to express ourselves through your beautiful platform. Your comfort is warm, soft, full of beauty needed when you are working through healing.
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your body is beautiful. period.

YOU are the LIGHT

i used to think of myself as a needy person. what i’ve realized after being around other people and not acting needy around them is that the relationship was actually what caused the neediness. because my basic need for safety wasn’t being met i tried to do everything i could to get it met from someone who couldn’t provide that. that made me feel very ashamed of myself, but now i am working to see myself as a survivor who was doing everything she could to ensure her safety.

smile, beauty

assert your humanity!

i had/have some healing to do. my worth was tied to my supposed purity, my body was used for male consumption and pleasure, my experience was minimized, my pain was ignored, my human emotions were neglected. so where do i even begin? i needed some honest conversations with god because i was fucking angry-- livid! and i was tired of people telling me some church cliches like that's gonna make me be like, “oh, you right, it was just a lil rape... god is good, all the time!” like, nah bruh, i was hurting and i had every right to be hurt. what...

i won.

let it go…
let it go…
let it go…
so you can find your real smile
so you can find your real joy
so you can find your light.
i see you.
i love you.
love and light,
survivor

To open the door.

It's not your fault that you couldn't remember. At that time, you were doing your best to protect you. It's not your fault that you couldn't scream then. We did our best and we are still doing our best. We will be able to regain the happy image we saw in our dreams. In fact, we are beautiful and brave enough even now! I will be your witness to your beautiful challenge.

My first boyfriend

I had a really bad relationship with sex after being assaulted and raped. I experienced hyper sexuality at first and had sex with a lot of men. Then after some time, sex made me extremely anxious. I didn’t have sex for over a year. I’m a bisexual woman and having lesbian sex has been extremely healing for me. I’ve set clear boundaries with my girlfriend and she completely respects them. This has made me develop positive feelings about sex and my body. I used to just use sex as a tool for validation but now it’s a way to feel good and be close...

Lost Girl

When we first went out, I was in love with him. Obsessed even, like he was with me. We were dating until he left trade school and broke up with me. I was heartbroken. But then we later got back together, and I even went to a college one hour away just to be with him. Instant regret since it's in the middle of nowhere. You can barely get any signal from your phone.

#249

No one really prepares you for what comes after sexual violence. The act itself brings unbearable pain, but the tragedy and emotional burden after are what hurts the most.
Most days I feel like I am treading water. Kicking just fast enough to stay afloat with my head just barely reaching the surface. My face tilted towards the sun as my nose inhales deeply. It’s hard to keep my feet kicking just enough to gasp for air, but I can do it.

You belong here

A life of hell , isn't just in hell

We are all Duality

17th on the 10th

you are not alone.

A cold winter night

To all the trans survivors out there: Do not fear joining a sexual assault therapy group at your school. I was the only trans woman in a group of cis women, yet all the cis women were so incredibly kind and welcoming, and focused on how we could all mutually support one another.

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