Sep 26

Have PTSD, Will Travel

I know, logically, he is not going to rape me; but it is impossible to reason with myself in these moments because I am not even here. I am 6,000 miles away. I am not a confident, independent, experienced traveler. I am a sixteen year old girl who blames herself.

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Aug 11

Not Guilty Does Not Equal Innocent

For those who were not following the trial or verdict, Jian Ghomeshi was acquitted on 4 counts of sexual assault and 1 count of choking on March 24, 2016.

I know this is (several months) late. I needed time to process it all and let the anger, fear, and disappointment simmer down. I want to understand and …

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Jul 17

This is not who I am.

I look at her and feel resentment. Her pretty hair and tanned skin and genuine smile make me angry. She’s 16 years old, a virgin. She’s an honour student with plans to go to law school. She has hope. Now she’s a painful reminder that I don’t get to be any of those things again. Someone should tell her that her dreams don’t come true.

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Jun 08

A Letter to my Rapist

I don’t want an apology because I know you’re not sorry. I know you’d do it again. I know you did.
But there is one thing…
Say your own name. Own what you did. Admit you raped me.
Or just wait, wondering when I will.

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Jun 05

The Great Divide

Any major trauma will split your life into two – before and after. Everything falls away and you’re left with the reality that life as you know it is over, and everything is different now. Everything you thought you knew or could trust has been turned upside down and shaken like a snow globe. It shifts …

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