What I Learned From Dating Women Who Have Been Raped
Emma Lindsay

Thank you. Thank you for writing this. Thank you for sharing your story. I went a very long time not realizing that things men had done to me were sexual assault. It took a very long time for me to admit that I’d been violated in such a way. The worst part is when/if a situation arose that was of a sexual nature, I just assumed I was going to be hurt by a man so I expected it. My body would shut down completely, too. I still have intimacy issues and I don’t think that I’m broken, I’ve been told that I am broken on numerous occasions. I still function in society. I still work, go to school, I still hang out with my friends. I’ve gotten to the point that I don’t tell perspective partners anymore because of the stigmas that are so often attached to survivors. I wish I didn’t have to have these sorts of conversations with my friends. I have never met one that hasn’t been sexually violated. I look forward to a day when I meet women who have lived their lives never having to experience this sort of trauma.

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