Being raped was my burden to bear and no one else’s to know about.
My silence has cost me dearly.
When I was 15 I was violently raped by a stranger on a night out with friends. I was too young to understand the complexity of this kind of violence but old enough to know I should be deeply ashamed of it — and so I told no-one. The physical trauma I experienced has wreaked havoc on my body and left me with two chronic illnesses that will stay with me for life.
I’ve realised my inability to speak about the way male violence has affected me only contributes to the stigma that enforced my silence.
So I have decided, after a decade of keeping quiet, to tell my story in the hope that it will create space for others to do the same, and that we might finally stop shaming and blaming women for the sexual crimes perpetrated against them.
No matter the complexity of your situation, once you voice your experience we can assist you in the search for justice.