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  1. Hi everyone. I'm Su, and I'm really happy to be here. I heard about After Silence through a Reddit forum for survivors called r/rape (Reddit is a popular site for all different kinds of forums, ranging from pop culture and news to anonymous chatroom therapy - that's what r/rape was). Although r/rape was somewhat helpful in the beginning - I felt validated and comforted by the other survivors there - we were often bullied and tormented by trolls and perverts who would take our venting/ranting posts and turn them into sick jokes and sexual fantasies. Reddit is a very loose website so it was easy for anyone to make an account, enter the rape counseling forums, and wreck havoc. I received two verbally abusive messages from two different perverts on Reddit. They were unfortunately very graphic and they sent me into a terrible panic attack, I was screaming and crying. I posted the details about the messages from the Reddit perverts onto The Aftermath thread. Anyways, I'm really glad I signed up for AS. The Reddit forums were like fortresses constantly under attack by perverts who wanted to harass me and other survivors. AS is like a safe haven. I feel much better already. I'm from Istanbul, Turkey, but now I live in the United States. My assault happened back in 2017 by someone I thought was my friend. I've made a lot of progress in the past year - my nightmares and panic attacks are not as frequent as they used to be - but, like I said, sometimes there are setbacks, like when those perverts bullied me. But I'm blessed to have people around me who support me, and I'm again very happy to be here. I am studying law and I want to help women and children all around the world, especially in Turkey and the rest of the Middle East. International politics is very important to me. I want to protect young girls from going through what I did, and to change my country's patriarchal culture. There is lots of abuse against women in Turkey and the Middle East but we are fighting back! 💕
  2. Hey guys, I'm new. Someone suggested I check out some kind of survivor's forum and this was the first place I found. It's been a very long journey getting here but I made it. Just looking to connect with people who get it. Thanks for reading this, see you around ✌️
  3. I found this website after a bit of a downward spiral a few nights ago. I just really needed someone to talk to and more than that I needed to feel listened to. I wasn't sure if this website would be worth the wait of registration when I needed someone so desperately at that moment. I read through the guidelines and abbreviations post and I started to cry. I love the terms like "Pocket Riders", asking for "hugs", and "Sitting with someone". I just felt such a warmth of love, understanding, and support from those ideas of being there for someone like that. It helped me so much that night. It wasn't what I thought I wanted but it was certainly what I needed. So, hello everyone! Thank you for having me here and thank you for being so beautifully supportive and helpful already! I'm really glad to be here
  4. I joined recently and am sort of shy. Just wanted to say hi and thank you for being here, this site, and I appreciate your support. I hate to admit that I am a survivor of sexual abuse during most of me my early childhood. Angelbee
  5. Hi there, everyone. This is my first time on a support message board, but I'm feeling a bit lost at the moment and think some support from people who know what I'm going through might help. I'm seeing a therapist but due to my job situation I can't see her as often as I'd like. Looking forward to read some success stories on here and be inspired. Have a great week!
  6. Hello everyone, I'm new here... for the past 26-27 years i have been keeping a secret. My childhood was taken away from me. I was molested and r****d by the houseboy repeatedly and my parents didn't know about it,.. after 2 years my parents divorced and kept all that secret by myself.. it was terrible and I believed that what happened to me made me enter into bad relationships and loss of self confidence. A few days ago i told my secret to my best friend and advised me to forgive not because my molester deserved it, but I deserved to be at peace and to finally acknowledge the fact that i too, can move on and finally get on with my life and it is not my fault what had happened... i was just a child.. now i am trying my best to heal and get on with my life... how do i begin? What do i need to do?
  7. I am new to this forum. What happened to me nine months ago by a guy I just still upsets me and I do not know why I can not just move past it. I am very shy person so I do not always talk that much. I joined this forum because it is easier writing how I feel than talking about what happened to me with others and because I was looking for support from people who have been through the same thing as me.
  8. My names Kaitlyn. I'm not that great at introductions... I have 2 little boys and the past few months alot of old things have come back to the surface and trying to find support and other people with the same battle led me here..
  9. Hello! I'm brand new here. Nervous! I imagine everyone is when they first come here. I am happy to have found after silence. Really in need of a safe place to communicate with people who understand how confusing everything is. My therapist recommended this site and said I might be able to find some encouraging people here. Hoping to meet some of you and draw inspiration from your courage.
  10. TammyD74

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    Hello everyone! I am Tammy and I am a survivor of childhood sexual and adult rape. I thought all of this was behind me but lately it is all rushing back so I'm sorting and processing some stuff. I am glad to be here and hope to share more soon. Thanks! Tammy
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