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#12

Im still trying to heal through all of my issues, I stay isolated and quiet and find it hard to make friends sometimes.
my story started years ago as a lil boy my my older cousin always kept touching on me and laughed it off until he took me upstairs and told me how good it would feel to me. I later cried and told family in front of him he laughed and they laughed but at least it stopped . other cousins would tell what happened to me to there friends making it awkward to be around people. but with time people forgot. fast forward 3 or...

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#11

"The power of her story was second only to the power of her choosing to share that story with me. Since that day I have tried to make good on that trust and make her feel safe and enrich her life, however I am able. It does not come close to the insight she has given me"

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#10

Around five years ago, I was raped repeatedly by a man I was seeing. It was the kind of rape that some people don’t consider rape - other than the act itself, there was no additional physical violence. There were no threats. There was just the constant knowledge that he would not listen when I said no, that he would not care or stop when I told him it hurt or that I didn’t feel safe. He always kept going. Every time I went over to his house, I knew that it was about to happen again. I kept going over, at least for a little while. Eventua...

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"She thinks she was assaulted"

"She thinks he assaulted her." That's what my best friend in high school said to another friend of ours when I told her how my date went the Saturday before. He was a star football player on our high school team and I didn't "talk" to a lot of guys. We were never official after a month of talking because of that night. He came over to my house to eat dinner with my parents we had hamburgers and then cheesecake. I remember what I was wearing. That's kind of how I started to realize that what happened wasn't right, I remember so much. We started...

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#8

Healing is different for everyone, but for me it's listening to myself. For so long I had been manipulated and felt I had to tune out my own wants and needs for the benefit of someone else. Healing for me has been taking time and listening to myself and doing things for me, regardless of how others may judge me for it. I make sure to take some times out of each week to put me first and practice self care.

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Healing is complicated. I think it starts by surrounding yourself with people who know what happened and who will validate and defend you against the shitty, victim-blaming messages that are everywhere in today's environment. Some days can be great and some days can be terrible. Healing means that I keep going and get better at coping with the bad memories and bad feelings. Healing to me means that all these things that happened don't have to define me. Healing ultimately means being able to remain thankful and grateful for all the wonderful p...

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#6

Healing means being patient with myself. I used to cover up the emotional shit with making myself so busy that I didn't have time to sit still with myself. Now I've learned to take it easy. The world will keep spinning even if I'm at home drinking tea and watching Netflix. I'm learning to pace myself and to take days off. Schedule me time and really truly practice loving myself. For me that means prioritizing therapy and not stressing out about college like I used to. It means saying no to things that I feel like I "should" be doing and saying...

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Silently shouting into the abyss

Healing to me means forgiving myself for all the things that I may have gotten wrong in the moment. Finding gentleness and realizing that I am not damaged despite feeling overwhelmed by seemingly mundane moments in my day-to-day life. Treating myself with kindness when setbacks occur. Loving the woman I am becoming, despite carrying this with me. I am still me. I am.

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My Daughter, These Things I Know

You are doing the very best you can. And today that is more than enough.

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#3

It is still difficult for me to look back on my story and not feel that shame and embarrassment that I linked with the events time and time again. Difficult, but not impossible. My story is not one isolated incident, it is three stories piled into one. Some would say “I did not learn my lesson the first time”. Despite those people, I will share the entirety of my story. Gory details and all. For the first time today. And as painful, as challenging, as inevitability “embarrassing” as the past may be, it needs to be told. I have come to believe...

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#2

I remember waking up that October morning and having no idea whose living room I was in. But I wasn’t panicked, just confused. Things like this, sad to say, have happened to me in the past. Go to a party, get too drunk, and brown out most of the night and wake up in an unfamiliar place. But usually I was around other friends. But this was different. I sat up on the couch and feverishly began looking for my phone for some sort of glimmer of hope that I had not been so irresponsible to have lost my phone, on top of my dignity. There, already bla...

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#1

“We were in a relationship so it couldn’t have been rape…right?” Wrong. Unfortunately, when the event of rape involves your partner it is often invalidated. It is a trauma that tends to get looked over because it doesn’t seem as serious. It doesn’t seem as brutal as those scenarios that make mainstream media. So I am speaking up to say that, it is very much real and it very much leaves the victim at a sense of loss and guilt. Questioning what possibly happened. Because he loves you and you love him. But this was not love. I know the feeling al...

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