In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month One Student contributing writer shares a bit of her story and journey in a piece she calls STRENGTH.
It is not your fault.
If you are a victim of violence, you might not consciously know it. You might not want to recognize it. You might know but are afraid to admit it to anyone, even to yourself. You might have told someone, but they didn’t believe you. Someone might have told you, but you denied it.
I’ve been in that place; I understand.
Today, I am a survivor. However, that doesn’t mean I am 100% “cured.” Being a survivor doesn’t mean that after five years and some months of progress that I don’t have flashbacks and nightmares. It doesn’t mean that I don’t do a double-take at look-alikes, that I don’t screen my calls, or that sometimes I don’t make the same mistakes over again.
I am an amazing person.
It has taken what seems decades to get to this point in my life, but I made it. You are strong too, even if you can’t see it. Even if right now, the world is crashing down and you are in a place of hurt. You are alive, and you are beautiful. Healing doesn’t happen overnight, and it never ends; it is a continual journey that will be with you forever.