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  1. Welcome back, Tamara! You were very missed! I'm so glad you are back. - Nici
  2. I've been having the exact same problem! Been trying to get in for about half an hour, now, and I was starting to get worried that I'd done something wrong. I'm glad someone else is having the same problem, haha. There must be an issue with the platform or something?
  3. Good point! I should have thought of this when I phrased the topic. Perhaps it should be reworded to: "Arousal/Orgasm During Sexual Assault" (this would then include rape, but not exclude others).
  4. You're welcome, sarai! I'm always glad to support a fellow survivor. I'm so glad you had posted about it - you definitely aren't alone. I had been thinking about requesting this for the past few days, and your post sort gave me the shove to do it. And thank you, Karen! to all - Nici
  5. Another member actually posted about this elsewhere on the board, but I thought I would officially request it. I have experienced this, and I know I've felt a great deal of shame about it. I think many members (including myself) on here could benefit from knowing that they are not alone in experiencing this. Thank you! - Nici
  6. Hello, and welcome to AS! You are definitely not alone - I didn't remember anything that happened to me until a few years ago, and I've only remembered some of the things from my childhood in the past year or so. I think there are many survivors, especially those that went through SA as a young child, that have experienced not being able to remember what happened to them. I think it's been hypothesized that it's a coping mechanism so we don't have to deal with something until we are able to handle it. I hope you will find healing here! We are here to help you however we can. - Nici
  7. Welcome to AS! It is wonderful that you found us! I know you will find support here - we are all here to help you as you heal. - Nici
  8. Welcome to AS! I know you will find support here, I hope it will assist you in your healing journey! Take care, - Nici
  9. Welcome to AS! I'm so sorry to hear what you have been through, but I hope you can find hope and healing here. Writing is a great outlet for myself, as well, I think it's a wonderful way to get out thoughts and emotions. Feeling numb is not odd at all - and it's how you feel, so it's perfectly justified. I think many of us have felt numb both directly after or even long after our experiences. Though, I feel the general rule of emotions is: if you're feeling a certain way, it's justified because that's how you feel. I know you will find support here! - Nici
  10. Welcome! I hope you find comfort and healing here! - Nici
  11. Thank you both for the warm welcome! And a rather belated welcome to you and your friend as well, TrustedFriend. I give good thoughts and wishes to you both, and know your friend's and your determination will see her through. RomanceRebel - thank you! Good wishes and thoughts to you as well! - Nici (or, yes, hey you! )
  12. Hello all! I realized I've been on this site for about a month now (off and on - more off than on until about a week ago) and I never introduced myself. I now it's not mandatory or anything, but now I feel quite rude for not doing so. At any rate, I am NiciCool, but you can call me Nici, Nic, Nicole, "hey you", you know, whatever works. I am still trying to figure out my entire story - a little confused in many senses - so that may take some time. I'm so glad to have found this site and hope I can help other people heal as much as I hope to heal myself. Actually, I think sometimes by hel
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