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Thank you so much for the warm welcome and responses. I do have things to process out loud but I'm still working on getting there. It all feels very surreal. For now, I will work on navigating around here. Are all sections of the forum public?
I'm very new to asking for help. Today I saw a victim advocate. I waited months to even say anything. Half from fear, part from shame, and humiliation and shock. I was offered counselling and group therapy. I'm terrified and don't know what to expect. I don't know how to talk about what happened without falling back to poor coping mechanisms. What can I expect? Does the fear go away? I don't know if this is the right place to post so I'm sorry if it isn't.