Silence, though understandable, has a cost. A great cost.
Despite coming forward and pressing charges, I still spent years in silence with some of my closest family and friends. Silence through years of Court proceedings, silence through my perpetrator's sentencing and his incarceration, and recently, silence through his release from prison. I was a #victim in #silence .
My silence came at the cost of my well-being, the cost of my power. I hurt so deeply. I self-destructed, I self-harmed, I allowed shame and fear to take over my life.
I will no longer give my power to my #assault. I am no longer a #victim. I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become. I stand with the #womenwhoroar in this #metoo movement and I reach out to the women who are #sufferinginsilence as I did for so many years. #metoo
If you or someone you know has been assaulted and needs help coming forward or help healing from your hurt, there are resources available to you here:
There is an abundance of #support and #love available to you and even though you might feel alone. You are not alone.
I know this post will come with a huge vulnerability hangover... but this time. I am saying #fuckit. This is #me and finally over the last several months, I have been slowly coming into my #power and this is just one more step of #myjourney. Let the light shine through me <3