The goal of this is to normalize and open up the conversation. I want to continue to use my experience to help others to have an understanding for their loved ones or to recognize that they are not alone. And lately my journey has included recognizing the need and being okay with asking for help. […]Read more "Asking For Help is Okay"
PTSD has lasting effects. It does not simply go away with time. It can come right back at any given moment. I was reminded of some of the lasting effects from being raped just over 4 years ago. It sent me spiraling back to that day and it has been lingering and continuing since it […]Read more "It Takes a Village"
Talking about sexual assault and rape is important. It is something that I have learned needs to be talked about more. There needs to be more awareness. When people disclose they need to be met with understanding. More than that though, people need to understand the ramifications and long term effects. It does get better, […]Read more "It Matters"
Today is the end of No More Week. For those of you who don’t know No More is a campaign that the Joyful Foundation, which was started by Mariska Hargitay, and it aims to raise awareness about sexual assault and ending the back log. Mariska started this foundation because of all the letters she received […]Read more "More Finding a Voice"
I am just about to the 4-year mark of being raped. Each year this season brings about a whirlwind of emotions. However, they are different each year. This year has been all about change. I began working on my master’s in social work, moved, started a job doing case management and community-based rehabilitative services for […]Read more "4 Year Mark"
This post is going to offend some of you. And I am okay with that because I am offended by the election of Donald Trump. And I have a right to be offended, I get to be angry, hurt, scared and confused in wake of this election. Let me tell you how this looks from […]Read more "The Election of Rape Culture"
I am mad at God. That is a tough sentence to write, it is raw and vulnerable. It is a sentence that carries a punch and one that can cause discomfort to others. It can lead to people trying to rush in and fix the anger towards God. But the truth is they can’t fix […]Read more "Angry at God"