You can survive rape. I have. Just.
I was raped at knifepoint and held hostage by a man who I served in a restaurant when I was a teenage girl, many years ago.
He aggressively warned me that if I made a noise or tried to struggle he would ‘slice me up like a kipper’.
He told me to sit on the floor below his feet…
I’m not going to explain what happened next but whatever you can imagine, just times it by 10 on the horrific scale, and you’ll still not quite be there. The memories of what happened live in a dark part of my mind where they belong, never to see the light of day again if I can help it.
To this day I have never set foot in my home town again. I found myself a job in a hotel where I could live in and made a new life for myself. Some years later I married and had my own children but I never told a soul about what happened to me.
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I have always been determined that what happened was never going to destroy the rest of my life as well.
I work with victims now, mostly young people but sometimes victims of domestic violence and sex crimes. I know I have that empathy with them and their situations because of what happened to me all those years ago. We have so much training now and I’ve seen how radically differently victims are treated.
No one can change what happened but they can change the way you deal with it and help you to get the justice and support you deserve so you can move on with your life.
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