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  1. My top 3 all came from my mom. After I finally worked up the courage to tell my parents that I had been raped, my mom's first three questions were: 1. Well, had you been drinking when it happened? (I never drink alcohol, so I'm not sure where she came up with that idea.) 2. Are you sure you hadn't been drinking? 3. Had you had sex with him before, and he just assumed that it was OK to do it again?
  2. Hi, everyone. I'm new to the forum & wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. I'm 31 years old, and I was a victim of date rape in April, 2006. I never thought that something like that could happen to me. I've made a lot of progress in the past year, and I've been fortunate to have some incredibly supportive friends and family members. However, I still feel like I'm a long way from being "over" it, and I thought it would help to talk about my experiences with others who have been through the same thing. After reading through some of the posts on this board, I'm struck by what an incredibly courageous group of individuals you are. Thanks in advance for your support. Bridget
  3. Hi, mcangel. I'm new here, too. Your post brought tears to my eyes, because I was in the exact same place at this time last year. Please, hon, let yourself cry. It's OK to let your guard down. You don't always have to be strong. Like you, I tried to just forget about the rape, as if it could somehow just go away. But it doesn't. Finally I realized that I couldn't deny it any more, and I needed to give myself permission to cry and to lean on the people who cared about me. Once you give yourself permission to do those things, the healing process can begin. Trust me, it will get better. You've already taken a big step by coming here and seeking out the support of others. Take care of yourself.
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