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Hi @rileyk86,

Welcome to After Silence.  I'm so sorry for the experiences that brought you here, but I'm happy you found us.  To answer your question, no, this site is definitely not limited to women.  As you look around some of our forums, you'll find there are some specific to different demographics and many are open to everyone.

Take your time looking around and posting whenever you feel comfortable.  


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Hi riley,

You are very welcome to our community! We welcome all survivors. I am sorry for what you have been thru as a child. It is never right for anyone to hurt another. I am glad that you decided to join our community. Take your time and look around. When you are ready to post specific questions, you may want to look for private forums (the welcome is a public forum). You will find support and understanding with the struggles you face. I wish you the very best on this journey of healing.



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Welcome @rileyk86!!!!  

You are very much welcome here - we do have a males-only forum, if you might be interested in interacting with other male survivors.  You are definitely not alone!  If you would like access to that forum, you're very welcome to send a PM to @ActivistAlly and he would be more than happy to supply you the password.

In the meantime, please feel free to look around and to become familiar with our other forums! :)  

Take very good care, and again - welcome to After Silence! 

Best wishes,

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Dear rileyk86: 

Welcome to After Silence!!

I'm sorry for what you have been through.  I find it is easier to talk on forums then out loud.  Being here has helped me so much, even from the first time I ever posted.  It is still helping me - I have so much support here and I know you will, as well.  Here at AS, we are like a big family and our members are kind and non-judgemental.

I am sending you lots of safe hugs! 

Take care!


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Welcome to AfterSilence.  I’m sorry for what brought you here but I’m happy you are here reaching out for support.  Good job taking this step in your healing process.  You are not alone and what happened to you wasn’t your fault.  Take your time exploring and post when you are ready.  If you have any questions feel free to message me.  To answer your question no, we are open to all survivors of sexual violence as well as their friends and families.  There is even a men's forum.

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Hello @rileyk86,

I'm sorry to hear that your step mother abused you, it wasn't your fault.

To answer your question though, people of any gender are welcome here. 

If you ever need someone to talk to, I'm here for you.

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