INTERVIEW: How I Coped With Sexual Assault (Trigger Warning: Date Rape)

IMG_7459What would you like to share about your personal trauma?

I just met this guy and went to his apartment. He poured me some wine, I saw him pour something into my drink and I took it. I don’t know why I did that but the next thing I know I’m super dizzy. Extremely drunk, it wasn’t a normal drunk it was a strange feeling and then I passed out. I woke up naked a couple hours later. My friend who was with me took me home and I got really sick. I never told anyone, I couldn’t find the guy to press charges.

What was the effects afterwards of your abuse?

Confusion for sure, it took me a while to figure out what happened. I was in denial, I didn’t want to deal with it. I kept asking myself, “did I do something wrong?”. I kept blaming myself. It took me a while to remember the details. I only had one glass of wine and when my memory started to come back I felt ashamed.

How did you cope directly afterward versus coping long after it happened?

I didn’t deal with it right after it happened. I brushed it under the rug. It took me a long time to put the pieces together and then I realized I was raped. I didn’t talk about it in therapy until I was an adult. It didn’t ruin my life, I accepted it and dealt with it in the best ways I could. Only through time I was able to move on. 

What is your healing advice for people who are experiencing or have experienced similar trauma?

Therapy if you can. Working on your spiritual self. Everyone is different when it comes to healing so I can’t speak for everyone. But with time it will get better.

 

ANONYMOUS 


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