One year ago today I was turned into a victim of a gender crime. Today I am no longer a victim. I am a survivor.
No one should be ashamed of what happened to them because we did nothing wrong. No matter what society tells us, we did not ask for this.
I did not survive.
This week has been especially important for addressing mental health, as October 10th was World Mental Health Day. This day serves as a reminder to keep your mental well-being as a major priority in life.
I want us to stop worshiping the martyrs and start praising the survivors.
It’s forcing yourself to get up and move on because you can’t stay broken forever.
Brock Allen Turner was arrested on January 18th, 2015 outside of the Kappa Alpha fraternity at Stanford University. The reason for his arrest? Rape. In June of 2016, the formal rape charges against Turner were dropped.
She survived. She did. But the thing about trauma, is that even when it is over it never really goes away.
The memory is now as much a part of me as the tattoo on my collarbone. It refuses to leave, refuses to let go, refuses to be forgotten.
As weird and jumpy I am now, it was even worse while we were still dating. Anyone who raised their voice or got frustrated with me would then see me basically dissolve into tears.