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So much stuff!!!

I have been having a really hard time and it’s been a reallly long year for my family.
About me I have Fibro, RA, IC/BPS, sciatica AS, DDD, SpinalFusion spinalstenosis etc..

I have my oldest brother who had a stroke this year. We have always spoken and never had and any issues ( unlike my other siblings that’s another post).

When I was younger my brother more than once sexually assaulted me.
I don’t know if it actually considered that
I was sexually assaulted by my father when I was a child and raped at 15 by an older man.

My brother who is 20 years older than me tried to kiss me on more than one occasion this was when I was in elementary school. He I found out a few years ago was also along with my brothers and my sister were sexually assaulted by my father as well.

So the situation is idkw but after he had his stroke I just couldn’t speak to him.
I did only speak to him because of my mother. I did tell my mother when I was younger and I can only say she made excuses for him and begged me not to not talk to him.

I love my mother very much and we have a very good relationship except for this issue. So I haven’t spoken to him since his stroke and I feel extremely guilty for it.
He has been trying to get in contact with me but I have thwarted contact.

My husband knows and of course he says I should not feel guilty and doesn’t understand why I had been talking to him all these years.
I don’t know if I should say something to my mom who is 85. I don’t think it would do anything but upset her or cause and arguement. Or bother saying anything to my brother. Which idkw I feel bad saying anything which doesn’t make sense.
I know I should have gone to therapy years ago but does anyone have any suggestions how I should proceed in the interim ?

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month: 5 Ways to Support Survivors

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Sexual assault is an unfortunately all-too-common occurrence, and contrary to what some may realize, it affects people of all ages, genders, sexual orientations, and racial identities. I’ve never written about my experience as a survivor before. I’ve always been hesitant to share, often thinking, “what could I possibly have to add to this conversation?” I’ve also thought that my pain wasn’t great enough, large enough to be worthy of attention from others. None of these things are true. It is up to the survivor whether or not they want to disclose their story. I want to share a few things that one can do to support someone in their life who is a sexual assault survivor — and you’re bound to know someone, and even if you don’t realize it. We all know someone, and sometimes this includes ourselves. Here are five ways you can support sexual assault survivors, not just during the month of April but any time someone comes to you in search of support: 1. Ask the person what they need. This is pretty self-explanatory; oftentimes, survivors of trauma know what they would like from a friend or trusted family member when they disclose what happened, while other times they aren’t so sure. Asking the person is a good place to start. 2. Offer them a warm beverage. This might sound silly, but I had a friend in college who offered me a warm drink (typically hot tea) every time I came to her upset or triggered by my traumas. I found this to be not only thoughtful and sweet as a gesture, but that the warm drink regulated my fight-or-flight response system somewhat. 3. Listen and validate rather than jumping to advice-giving. Validation and a kind, a listening ear is often, at least in my case, what helps the most. 4. Don’t ask the survivor details, including who the perpetrator is, if it is not disclosed. It may be hard enough for the survivor to open up, and rehashing certain details, regardless of how long ago the assault happened, can be triggering. 5. If the survivor seems particularly distressed, ask if they would like some coping strategies to do together. Some possible coping strategies include but are not limited to: watching a funny show or movie together, squeezing an ice cube, splashing cold water on one’s face, yoga or meditation, exercise, spending time in nature… these are just some of a few that I’ve used in the past. Another important thing to note is that sometimes, survivors go to other survivors for help. It is important that if you have a history of sexual trauma, to also do self-care during or after helping others. It is also OK to set boundaries if you need to in order to maintain your own well-being. There are crisis lines (such as RAINN) that are available too. I have been engaging in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy for a couple of months and it’s really helped me with my traumas, including my sexual trauma. That said, I am grateful to the friends, family, and therapists I have gone to in the past about this subject. I hope that we can be more understanding toward each other and gain awareness of how much sexual assault can rewire someone’s nervous system in a negative way. That being said, therapy can rewire that same nervous system back to a healthier way. I am more than my traumas, as are you. For more stories on sexual violence, check out our list of 24 Mighty stories you need to read if you’ve experienced sexual violence .

Important Stories You Need to Read If You Experienced Sexual Violence

I’m a victim of childhood sexual abuse. At least, I think I am — I can’t verify it, though I know the same man also abused others, and I have visceral memories that tell an incomplete but frightening story. I wish I could say I was the only one I knew who experienced sexual violence, but the horrifying reality is that, according to RAINN.org, an American is sexually assaulted every 68 seconds. Every nine minutes, that victim is a child. Chances are, if you’re reading this article, you’ve either experienced sexual violence yourself or you know somebody who has. When it comes to understanding sexual violence, there are a lot of ways it impacts people at every stage of the journey. And, while it’s hardly as clear and linear as “before, during, and after trauma recovery,” we thought it would be helpful to compile some of our best articles walking you through every stage of trauma due to sexual violence. So, if you’re looking for information on types of sexual violence, trauma therapy, doubting the validity of your experience, exploring intimacy after sexual violence, or just looking for some hope that recovery is possible, I hope you can find what you need here. Types of Sexual Violence “Rape is not sex. Sex is not a trigger for me because what my rapist did to me was not sex.” — Ashley Zaccaro Childhood Sexual Abuse “How Old You Were When You Experienced Trauma Matters – Here’s Why” by Sarah Schuster — If you experienced childhood sexual abuse, you might wonder why it seems to impact every little thing that you do. In this explainer, Mighty editor Sarah Schuster explains why the age you experienced trauma affects how you are able to cope and recover. “20 Things You Do as an Adult When You’ve Experienced Childhood Sexual Abuse” by Juliette V. — Speaking of which, we asked our community for the ways childhood sexual abuse affected them into adulthood. Hopefully, this will help you to feel a little less alone. “Let’s Talk Trauma: Why Do Some People Doubt Their Own Experience of Childhood Trauma?” by Vicki Peterson — Uncovering memories of sexual abuse can be terrifying. If you’re experiencing this right now, then we hope this story from trauma coach Vicki Peterson will help you understand the confusion and self-doubt that can arise. “Am I a Victim or a Survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse?” by Erin Konrad — It can be hard to decide if you’re a “victim” or a “survivor” of sexual abuse. Ultimately, it’s personal choice. You may not feel like a survivor until you start to heal, and that’s OK. No matter what, though, you’re strong and you will survive this, even if it doesn’t feel like you’re a survivor right now. Sexual Assault “I Didn’t Know I Was Sexually Assaulted” by Serene Helton — Often, sexual assault survivors don’t immediately realize that they were assaulted due to societal expectations, misconceptions, or even not trusting their own memory. If you aren’t sure or weren’t sure about your assault, then this piece is for you. “17 Things People Don’t Realize You’re Doing Because You Were Sexually Assaulted” by Juliette V. — You might be surprised by the little things you do because you were sexually assaulted. Sexual assault affects people mentally and physically. We asked our community how it affects them, and they answered. “12 Reminders for Sexual Assault Survivors” by Elizabeth Pidgeon — If you experienced sexual assault, there are a number of core things to remember about who you are and what it means for you. Read this list, memorize it, and read it again any time that doubt begins to creep in. “The Truths I’ve Come to Notice in the Aftermath of Rape” by Summer Collins — After experiencing sexual assault, you might find it hard to navigate the changes to your life. In this piece, Summer Collins describes the little truths she has noticed from the inability to trust to becoming possessive over her things. Healing From Sexual Violence Can Be Messy “Sometimes, I come to terms with thinking I was raped, but then I wonder: ‘what if maybe I did give some indication that I was OK with sex?'” — Clare McKenna Doubting Your Experience Is Valid “Your Sexual Assault Still ‘Counts’ Even If You Weren’t Physically Forced” by Haley West — Society often believes sexual assault to look a certain way, but sexual violence is still violence even if it doesn’t look that way. If you don’t believe your sexual assault experience “counts,” then this article is for you. “After My Sexual Assault, I Learned the ‘Fight or Flight’ Response Had a Third Option” by Caitlin W. — Trauma responses go beyond the “fight” and “flight” we often hear about. If you froze during your sexual assault, then you aren’t alone; it’s another way your mind tried to protect you. This story from Caitlin W. explains what this means. “It’s Not Your Place to Decide If My Sexual Assault Was ‘Anything Big’” by Caitlin Collins — Do you find yourself minimizing your experience, or find that others do? Sexual assault is about a lack of consent, and no matter what that means, it’s important to remember that it still “counts” as sexual assault if it was unwanted, no matter what happened. If this sounds familiar, then this is for you. “Why I Struggle to Think of My ‘Nonconsensual Sexual Experience’ as Rape” by Clare McKenna — If you’re in a “gray area” of understanding if your experience counts as rape just like contributor Clare McKenna, then you’re not alone. Trauma Therapy “A Therapist’s Guide to Understanding Trauma Therapy” by Antonieta Contreras — This guide from trauma therapist Antonieta Contreras tells you everything you need to know about trauma therapy as a whole. “What to Expect From EMDR Therapy for Processing Trauma” by Sarah Grayson — EMDR, or eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, is a type of trauma therapy that has seen much success. It might sound a little bit like magic, but quite often, it just works. Here, Sarah Grayson breaks it down a little. “You Might Not Connect With the ‘Most Successful’ Type of Trauma Therapy, and That’s OK” by Amelia Blackwater — However, as with any type of therapy, sometimes it might just not be for you, and that’s OK. Even the most successful trauma therapy like EMDR doesn’t always fit the person. If that sounds like you, or if you’re worried about it, then this article is for you. “10 Tools for Trauma Survivors Asking ‘How Do I Get Help?’” by Vicki Peterson — If you feel ready to get help for your sexual trauma but don’t know where to start, then this article from trauma coach Vicki Peterson breaks everything down into easy-to-digest pieces. Healing Is Possible After Sexual Violence “Acknowledging that trauma as valid is often the first step on a long but ultimately liberating journey of recovery.” — Vicki Peterson Intimacy After Sexual Violence “What to Know About Intimacy After Experiencing Sexual Assault” by Sarah VanHouten — Sarah VanHouten shares her experience with intimacy after two sexual assaults, explaining how an understanding partner goes a long way. “How I Learned to Have Sex After Losing My Virginity to Rape” by Ashley Zaccaro — In this story, Ashley Zaccaro shares everything she did to learn to have sex after losing her virginity to rape, including the self-help book she used to work through it with her partner. She takes us through every step of her experience to, eventually, the state of being able to have an intimate relationship. “5 Things That Can Make Sex Better (Or at Least More Tolerable) For Sexual Assault Survivors” by Monika Sudakov — Here, Monika Sudakov offers some practical ways she and her husband navigate sexual intimacy while she is in recovery from childhood sexual abuse. “How PTSD Can Affect Sex (And What to Do About It)” by Max Harvey, Ph.D. — It’s a fact that your trauma might affect your reaction to intimate moments, so it’s important to know what to do if it happens. Here, Max Harvey explains their own experience with PTSD affecting sex and what to do about it. Reminders That Healing Is Possible “How Pole Dancing Lessons Helped Me Heal From Sexual Assault” by Sarah Ross — We can find healing in all sorts of unexpected ways. In this article, Sarah Ross explains how pole dancing lessons helped her rediscover her self-confidence and helped her love her body again. “3 Truths I Had to Believe Before I Could Recover From Childhood Sexual Abuse” by Mr. Antares — After experiencing childhood sexual abuse, Antares shares the three truths he had to believe before he could truly recover from his trauma. “Holding Broken Glass to Light: How EMDR Helped Me Face My Trauma” by LKR — In an EMDR success story, this Mighty contributor shares how this type of trauma therapy gave them hope for recovery and understanding. “6 Reminders That Healing After Sexual Violence Is Possible (and 6 More Messages of Support)” by The Mighty Community — In our newest collection of reminders, we asked the Mighty community for the messages of hope they want others living with sexual trauma to know. Their messages are beautiful and affirming. No matter where you are in your trauma recovery journey, we at The Mighty want you to know that you deserve to live a fulfilling, happy life after experiencing sexual violence. We hope you’ll find these articles helpful, and we hope you’ll share your story with us if you feel comfortable doing so.

Reminders That Healing After Sexual Violence Is Possible

We probably already know what you’re thinking; healing after sexual violence feels impossible. But, what if we told you that you’re not alone in that thought? Lots of people feel that way, but healing isn’t out of reach — healing after sexual violence is possible. It’s right there, waiting for you. Everyone here at The Mighty believes so strongly in your strength, your ferocity, and your capability of overcoming the sexual violence you experienced. That’s why we asked our trauma community to offer a few words of support. Below, you’ll find six reminders that healing after sexual violence is possible, along with six more reminders that every survivor of sexual violence needs to hear. Ready to jump in? Yes, Healing After Sexual Violence Is Possible “You cannot blame yourself for what was done to you. It will pop up in your memories, but if you work towards healing, it will hurt a whole lot less. You can do it.” — @ladyoftheelephants “It was not your fault. I remember the day that truth took root in my mind; it changed me. I started to heal. You didn’t deserve what happened, it didn’t happen because you are worthless, defective, or any of those other lies your mind is trying to convince you of. You are deserving of love and care.” — @ginger112 “No matter the reactions you’ve had because of your trauma(s), the fact that you are hurting and angry because of what happened to you doesn’t make you a bad person. When you decide that you want to heal, that is the time you will begin to see how strong and resilient you are and have been. That is when you will learn you can trust yourself to choose who you do and don’t keep in your life. You will go from victim to survivor to thriver.” — @kaylabrown08 “Please don’t carry shame. I carried it around for 40 years; I was 12 and never told anyone until I turned 50. It robbed me of being the person I was meant to be. Tell someone, see a therapist, and get help early on. You can overcome and do great things.” — @newkidney1 “It’s time to open the cell you’ve created for yourself. Close your eyes and go in and rescue that child from the situation. Take her home. Tell her it was never her fault. Tell her how much she is loved, that she is innocent. It was done to her. Then, take gentle care of her. Because she is amazing. There is no one else like her. Look at those unique fingerprints. I believe you. I’m sorry it happened to you. It was never your fault. I love you. Never give up on healing.” — RP “Do what you love. Make decisions on the basis of what makes you happy, not on the basis of what you imagine some non-traumatized version of yourself would want. You’re adequate just as you are. Don’t feel like you’re lesser than someone without trauma.” — @catpi Reminders Every Survivor of Sexual Violence Needs to Hear “You’re so strong for continuing on. Do not lose heart.” — @_roslynnn “You may feel like your assailant and the event make you less of a person, but they don’t. You are still incredible and worthy of love and happiness regardless of what anyone else says. The actions of others don’t change who you are — don’t let anyone steal your shine.” — Megan Glosson “You survived. You are not alone. I believe you.” — @emilyvieweg “If your body responded to the assault, that doesn’t mean you wanted it or consented.” — Monika Sudakov “The assault is not ‘you.’ It is what happened to you. It does not define you or represent who you are. It is the past, and you are a survivor.” — @marlamoi “Forgive yourself because you did nothing wrong and you did what you had to do in that moment to survive.” — @kaysparkles If you’re ready to heal from the trauma you experienced due to sexual violence and you’re not sure where to start, we’ve got you covered. Check out the articles below: 10 Tools for Trauma Survivors Asking ‘How Do I Get Help?’ How Old You Were When You Experienced Trauma Matters – Here’s Why Let’s Talk Trauma: ‘How Do I Heal Decades of Trauma?’ What I Wish I Knew Beginning Therapy for Childhood Sexual and Emotional Abuse 12 Mantras for Anyone Healing From Childhood Trauma

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month Is Hard on Me As a Rape Survivor

In sixth grade at my exclusive private religious school, I was raped by my physical education teacher. I will never forget that day as long as I live. He coerced me into coming to his basement office to help him after school. I knew I did not like him, but he pressured me and made me feel bad for helping the other teachers and not him. I went against my gut instinct and I complied. My cousin who was three years younger than me also attended the school. She liked and respected my rapist as she played sports and she worked closely with him. To buy my silence, my rapist told me if I told about what he did to me, he would rape my cousin. I would never want that to happen and did not want to be responsible for something so horrific happening to her. I stayed quiet. I went to school every day and had to attend his class. I quit his track team and withdrew from life as I knew it. I was already being abused at home so there was nowhere for me to turn. I just accepted that this was my life and there was no way out for me. I had a sign on my back, and it said I was open to anyone taking advantage of me, so I thought. It was not until college that I found my voice, and joined and ran a campus club called Coalition Against Rape (CARE). I did speaking engagements on campus to other clubs, fraternities and sororities about rape and sexual assault and told my personal story. I led candlelight vigils and Take Back the Night marches down fraternity row and all throughout the campus. I spoke to the board of trustees about the risk of rape on campus. I started a safety whistle program (distributing 5,000 whistles) on campus — a program that was later adopted by the police department. I became a volunteer for the local Rape Crisis Center and worked the hotline and was a hospital crisis counselor. I had found my voice. Mixed Emotions When Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) comes along, I think about all my advocacy work and how empowering and life-giving it was. I really feel that I made a difference and helped others avoid living with their sexual assault on their own, as I did. But SAAM also brings up all my trauma . I was just 11 years old when I was raped. How my mind processed all of that is so complicated. Every October, on the anniversary of my sexual assault, I think about what happened to me in graphic detail. I know it is important to annually, and more often, bring attention to this issue, but it can be hard on us survivors. SAAM brings back all the ugly memories of how no one helped me. No one saved me. As you raise awareness this month and as you advocate for sexual assault victims, remember: To be gentle. Not everyone is going to want to talk or process with you. Believe them. Some others are going to want to talk a lot about their experiences, so be a good listener. This is not about you and how you feel about sexual assault. This is their story. No one got into this situation by any fault of their own. You should not be victim-blaming. We can all be allies in stopping sexual assault and helping victims. A good ally listens first. Educate yourself about root causes, sources and impact on individuals and communities. Understand what rape culture is and work to end it. Talk in untraditional circles about sexual assault and how everyone can work to end it. Be a voice for the voiceless and help amplify their voices. Financially support causes that support survivors. Advocate for legislation and policies that support survivors. Make sure your local police departments have policies that protect survivors. To all my fellow survivors, know that I see you and care about you. You are of great value and deserve to be cared for. You are not alone, and change is coming, albeit slow. More people are paying attention and more of us are coming forward (if we can). SAAM is a good start in drawing attention to these issues. We are at the beginning of the movement. Hang in there. We are Mighty Strong! Here are some resources for survivors seeking support as well as those who want to help: The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) . Rape crisis center locator : You can use this tool to find a center near you — for services or to reach out to offer donations or get involved. National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) : NSVRC leads  Sexual Assault Awareness Month and offers more information about how you can get involved . Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration : An agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that works to improve behavioral health. The site offers resources such as a  treatment locator . National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) : For sexual assault survivors living with addiction , post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other challenges, NAMI can be a starting point in searching for local chapters that can connect survivors with resources and mental health professionals. Culturally competent therapist directories and resources: Therapy for Black Girls . Latinx Therapy . National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN) . Society of Indian Psychologists . Araya Baker’s directory of mental health resources for the disabled, POC, LGBTQ folks and more .

How to Support Sexual Assault Survivors This Awareness Month

Sexual assault happens far too often, but unfortunately, it’s still heavily stigmatized in our society. Due to the stigma, many sexual assault survivors don’t receive the support they need or are disbelieved completely — but we can change the way we treat survivors. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, so here are 6 ways to support survivors this month (and every month). 1. Allow survivors to share their stories when they’re ready. Sexual assault can be painful and traumatic, not only in the moment but also for months or years afterward. Speaking about the experience of being assaulted can bring repressed memories to the surface and cause trauma responses, so even if you want to be a supportive listener, don’t push your loved one to speak extensively about their assault. Instead, wait for them to share details on their own time, and respect how much (or how little) they choose to share. Allowing your family member or friend to speak about their assault experiences when they’re ready can help them reclaim agency at a time when they may feel like their control has been stripped away. 2. Don’t diminish a sexual assault survivor’s experiences. Although you may associate sexual assault with violence or rape, not every sexual assault is so overt — but every sexual assault story is valid. Sexual assault includes any unwanted physical contact with sexual overtones, so assault experiences come in many forms. Therefore, it’s important not to mitigate survivors’ experiences by claiming that their assaults weren’t “real” or insisting that the type of unwanted contact they experienced “happens to everyone.” Some forms of assault are normalized in our society, but it’s crucial to remember that they shouldn’t be and they can be traumatic in their own right. 3. Remember that no one asks to be sexually assaulted. It doesn’t matter how short a survivor’s skirt was or how drunk they got the night of their assault — sexual assault is exclusively the perpetrator’s fault. The lack of consent inherent in sexual assault means that no one is “asking for it” — both implicitly or explicitly. Probing survivors about their clothing or state of mind during the time of their assault is extremely invalidating and is a form of “victim-blaming.” When others share that they’ve been assaulted, readjust your perspective and put the blame where it belongs — directly on the perpetrators. 4. Check your gender biases. Anyone of any gender can be assaulted — including men — but men who’ve survived sexual assault often face their own gendered brand of “survivor-shaming.” Men are often “congratulated” after they experience sexual assault or relentlessly told that they must have liked the unwanted sexual contact they experienced. Many people also act as though surviving assault emasculates men, which can make it difficult for men to come forward with their stories or report their assaults. Although women are more likely to experience sexual assault than men are, a significant number of men have been sexually assaulted — and their experiences aren’t a laughing matter. If a man shares with you that he’s been assaulted, take his story seriously. 5. Listen to and believe survivors. The stigma around sexual assault contributes to a culture in which we often disbelieve survivors’ experiences, but sexual assault survivors deserve for us to validate and believe them. If someone shares that they’re a sexual assault survivor, believe that their story is real and empathize with them. Listen intently as they share their experiences, and refrain from asking excessive questions or making their personal experiences about yourself. Respect that your loved one may only share what they feel comfortable disclosing and may also experience emotions that they’ve repressed for a long period of time. If you can, share reputable resources in case your loved one needs extra support. 6. Practice enthusiastic sober consent with your partners. One of the best ways to support survivors is to prevent sexual assault from occurring in the first place. In the heat of the moment, it may be tempting to forge ahead in the bedroom, but be sure to ask your partner if they feel comfortable each step of the way. Be mindful of the tone of their responses — only an enthusiastic “yes” is true consent. If your partner expresses discomfort during certain activities, stop immediately without pressuring or questioning them. Most importantly, remember that being under the influence can limit your partner’s ability to consent. If your partner isn’t coherent enough to grasp the situation, sexual activity should be taken off the table until they sober up. When you practice enthusiastic sober consent, you not only respect your partner’s life experiences, but you also stop assault in its tracks.

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Isolation

This isolation/lockdown is really helping my anxiety in one way, as I dont have to worry about being near the guy who assaulted me. I dont have to go near places that will trigger me. But what I am struggling with is the thourght that he is using this time to groom other girls online, so that when this is over he can atrack them.
Then to make things worse his family have been spreading sexual assault awareness even though they know hes sexually assaulted girls and raped one. Things like this make me so angry and I cant talk about it to anyone. I am trying so hard to heal and build new friendships but with his family spreading lies I cant.

#MentalHealth #PTSD #Trauma #Anxiety #Depression #SexualAbuse #SexualAssaultAwarenessMonth #SexualAssaultSurvivors #Church #Lockdown #COVID19 #CheckInWithMe #struggling #panic

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Isolation

This isolation/lockdown is really helping my anxiety in one way, as I dont have to worry about being near the guy who assaulted me. I dont have to go near places that will trigger me. But what I am struggling with is the thourght that he is using this time to groom other girls online, so that when this is over he can atrack them.
Then to make things worse his family have been spreading sexual assault awareness even though they know hes sexually assaulted girls and raped one. Things like this make me so angry and I cant talk about it to anyone. I am trying so hard to heal and build new friendships but with his family spreading lies I cant.

#MentalHealth #PTSD #Trauma #Anxiety #Depression #SexualAbuse #SexualAssaultAwarenessMonth #SexualAssaultSurvivors #Church #Lockdown #COVID19 #CheckInWithMe #struggling #panic

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