Haven’t Even Kissed

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 God knew. He knew what my story would look like and where I would end up today, my wedding day. He has faithfully restored […]

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Asking For Help is Okay

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. […]

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It Takes a Village

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 […]

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It Matters

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, […]

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More Finding a Voice

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 […]

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4 Year Mark

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 […]

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