Survivor Story #1
Below is the first submission to the Community Forum for Survivors submitted anonymously on 10/5/2018.
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Survivor’s gender identity: Female
The survivor’s age at the time sexual violence was perpetrated against them: 8
The survivor's age now: 60
The survivor’s description of sexual violence perpetrated against them:
"My father’s father sexually abused me. I didn't have memories of this until I was in my twenties. I only told my sister (who was also abused by him) and mother.
My mom told my aunt. At my grandfather’s funeral, my aunt said I should forgive him. My mother also told all of our other relatives which made me feel ashamed.
In my twenties, a supervisor drugged my drink and he attempted to rape me. I only told a nurse practitioner who was treating me for depression and PTSD. I felt it was my fault because I was drinking with him. I didn't seek counseling until I was in my forties."
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