WEAVE has been amazing. After a few sessions with my counselor I wanted to tell people. Talking to my friends about the assault is in hopes of protecting them. Telling my family will have to wait, for now. I want to get through this on my own. I need to support myself before I can share this with my family, so that I can support them.
This can happen to anybody. I always thought that being assaulted was a result of certain behavior, but it is not. It is not about what you do, it is about what the perpetrator does. And once that person has made up their mind, all you can do is try and stay safe.
A part of me is forever altered. I will have to live with this my whole life. But WEAVE has helped me realize that it was not my fault and that I can help others by sharing my story.