“When I was just 11 years old my mom had a boyfriend. At first when my sister and I met him we thought he was a great boyfriend for our mom then he had a sudden interest in me and kept touching me inappropriately then raped me repeatedly till I became 15 years old. He went to jail but not for life only till I’m 28 and now I’m 20 years old.”*
* some spelling has been adjusted for clarity. I do not touch punctuation or re-word any stories.
“My old friend was molested in 4th grade.”
“waking up without.
leaving is the hardest part.”
“I was sexually assaulted by a male kitchen employee. He was verbal and physical even though I clearly said no. I repeatedly told him to stop and he never did”
Please always remember no one is ever alone. No one should ever be alone. This community may be anonymous, but it exists. Every story is part of someone; my story is part of me.
Talking about our trauma begins to release whatever hold it has left on us. It doesn’t define your worth.
“The first time I had sex with my ex boyfriend was the worst sexual experience. I had told him I liked ‘rough’ sex but I wasn’t expecting to be called a “stupid bitch” or have his hands shoved in my mouth. After a while he even took the condom off because he apparently couldn’t get off while wearing one and didn’t bother telling me. I didn’t realize how wrong that was until now. We went on to have great sex but all in all, there shouldn’t have been any other chances after the first time.”
“It started at 16. I wasn’t ready and he wasn’t okay with that, but I felt obligated. He thought it would be ‘fun’ to hit me, he thought it would be fun to choke me. I let it happen because it made him happy, and I wanted him to be happy, so it was worth the pain for him to be happy.”
“Once my ex-boyfriend decided to have sex with me while I was nearly knocked out from being so drunk. He woke me up. I didn’t know what was going on but I played along. It fucked me up.”
“We all have a story” cards were dropped at my doorstep today. As much as possible, I genuinely look forward to what everyone who comes by the exhibition has to say. Sexual assault has impacted everyone in one way or another.