That is a very rational way of looking at it! Today--after posting here--I actually contacted my best friend who reacted in a very invalidating way to my phone call about an assault years ago, and she responded really positively. It was a huge relief to finally get this off my chest, as I've felt like it had been keeping a huge barrier between us for a very long time. Thank you for reaching out, QuitConstruct!
Thank you for the kind response and for the resource! I located a center near my parents' house, where I will be staying this summer, and I plan on calling them tomorrow morning.
And thank you to everyone who responded here! I was happily surprised to get several responses so quickly. I am very happy to have found this forum!
Also, I really love the emoticons here!!! SO cute!