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  1. Hey, welcome to AS Funnyface, I'm Forest, you'll see me around the boards. This is a super friendly and supportive forum. I'm glad you found us, though I'm sorry you have a need to be here. Well, hope to see you soon! Forest x
  2. Welcome to AS Clayton. Everyone here is really supportive. Take your time looking round the forums. I hope things work out for you with the job. Whatever happens try not to stress over it. That only makes things worse. Sending you safe hugs, Forest x
  3. Hi @Akela, Welcome to AS. I'm sorry you have reason to be here, but I'm glad you found us. Everyone's super supportive here. Take your time looking around the forums and join in whenever you're ready. Hope to see you soon!
  4. Hi Pat, Welcome to AS. I'm glad you found us, but I'm sorry for what brought you here. I'm a university student too! I'm studying genetics though. It can be a great distraction! Everyone here is very supportive so hopefully I'll see you around the boards. Forest x
  5. Hey turtledove, Welcome to AS! I'm so glad you found us. Though I'm sorry you have cause to be here. Everyone's very friendly and supportive here so hopefully we'll see you around the boards. Take care, Forest x
  6. Hi, Just thought people might be interested in seeing this video on consent by Thames Valley Police (UK). Here's the link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZwvrxVavnQ
  7. Hi Rocinante, Welcome to AS. I'm sorry you have reason to be here, but I'm glad you found us. Everyone's super friendly. You'll find lots of info on the different boards. Okay, hopefully, I'll see you around the boards! Forest x
  8. Although I'm sorry you have to be here, I'd just like to say welcome back! It's great to see you. Hopefully we'll see you around the boards. Forest x
  9. Hi TickerTape, Welcome to AS. It can be overwhelming taking that first step. But everyone here is super friendly and supportive. I'm sorry for whatever has brought you here. But I hope to see you around the boards soon. Take care, Forest x
  10. Welcome to AS Coben. I'm sorry you have reason to be here. But you'll find everyone really supportive. Hopefully we'll see you around the boards. Take care, Forest x
  11. Hi, Welcome (back) to AS. I'm so sorry you have a reason to be here. Please don't beat yourself up. The recovery journey is not linear. There will be good times and there will be bad times. We just have to learn to ride the waves as best we can. Coming here and chatting with people is a great coping strategy that you can add to your arsenal. Take care, Forest x
  12. Welcome to AS - I'm sorry you have a reason to be here. But you absolutely belong. Coersing someone into something sexual is abuse. We don't compare - everyone's story is equally valid. Sitting with you as you begin to work through this. Forest x
  13. So I'm involved in a relationship for like the first time in years - over a decade. I've stayed well clear of men since my r*pe. But Idk, he seems kinda nice. But I'm freaking out about the sex side of things. He's gonna want sex and I don't know that I can. The only thing that comes to mind when I think of sex is how disgusting and painful and that no-one could possibly look past what happened to me and see me as clean. I can't see me as clean. So how do I cope with it? How do I enjoy it again? How do I feel safe? Urgh! How do I even have a conversation with him about all my hang-u
  14. So my T who I've had for 3 years is leaving and it's really unsettled me. He's been like a rock in my life even though I've not been able to talk to him about a lot of things like how I feel about things because I so often don't know. And now that he's leaving I've started to feel - a lot. I've gone from numb to a wreck. And I don't know what to do. I don't know how to process it. I don't want to be numb again. But I don't want to feel out of control with my feelings. I'd like them to just be 'normal' and tolerable. But I don't know how to make them that. I also have a partner it see
  15. That's really helpful @feralcat. I wonder if they might pin this post?
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