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Hi everyone,

First off I am very grateful for this safe space where we can share our stories, feel empowered and uplift each other during our healing process. My name is Camila, I am 25 years old and I studies fashion design and merchandising. I also do makeup artistry as a side job. I love talking to people and I think I am a pretty good listener. I love animals and I will soon have a pet sphynx cat. I am a sexual assault survivor. It has been very difficult and I have felt mixed feelings. I personally coped by trying to bury it and not talking about it at all. I acted as if nothing happened for months but it stared resurfacing a few months ago and it has affected me a bit. I sometimes get flashbacks which are quite uncomfortable. The biggest thing I am dealing with right now is the trauma bond I have established with this person. I am still on the road to recovery.

 

I hope to hear from you guys and I hope everyone has a blessed day.

Stay safe. :holdhands:

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QDear genevaflores

I would like to welcome you to After Silence's forums.  We are all here for you and want to support you in any way we can. I know that posting for the first time can be scary.  Please don't worry, though; you will always be given so much support from our lovely community and its members.  You're not alone - we are with you.

You will soon receive an official welcome message in your inbox.  Please feel free to respond to that PM if you have any questions about the forum or if you need some help finding your way around the site. 

Take care and keep reaching out!! 

 

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17 minutes ago, genevaflores said:

Hi everyone,

First off I am very grateful for this safe space where we can share our stories, feel empowered and uplift each other during our healing process. My name is Camila, I am 25 years old and I studies fashion design and merchandising. I also do makeup artistry as a side job. I love talking to people and I think I am a pretty good listener. I love animals and I will soon have a pet sphynx cat. I am a sexual assault survivor. It has been very difficult and I have felt mixed feelings. I personally coped by trying to bury it and not talking about it at all. I acted as if nothing happened for months but it stared resurfacing a few months ago and it has affected me a bit. I sometimes get flashbacks which are quite uncomfortable. The biggest thing I am dealing with right now is the trauma bond I have established with this person. I am still on the road to recovery.

 

I hope to hear from you guys and I hope everyone has a blessed day.

Stay safe. :holdhands:

Hi, Camila! This is definitely a place where you can feel free to explore as best for you. Please know that the mixed feelings in general are rather normal. It is part of what makes finding any sense so hard. There is no official blueprint to follow. But perhaps there is a freedom with that as well. I tried to bury it all also by running all the time. What is meant of coming out tends to surface eventually. It's also perhaps normal to have things come up later on. Which makes the now even more challenging. Please know that you have taken an important step in reaching out. My sincere hope is that you find some solace here within general understanding.

☘️

 

 

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Hi Camila,

Welcome to AfterSilence. I am very sorry for what you have been thru. Nobody has the right to treat another like this. They were wrong, and you are not to blame. I hope you know this. Having mixed feelings and still having a bond with your abuser can be understandable. Sometimes it is not that easy to break ties, even if we know it is best. I do hope eventually you find it in yourself to be free of him, but until then, do know you are supported. AfterSilence is filled with many understanding and kind members...enough so that none of us are truly alone in this.

It was a big step to reach out and I am glad you have. Take your time and look around the site. I wish you nothing but the best as you take more steps on this path we call healing.

Mary

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Welcome @genevaflores to After Silence.  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. 

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Hello. It is nice to meet you. We often represent traumatic experiences as its our minds way of protecting us and we might not have been ready at the time to feel it. Take your time on this journey. There is no rush 

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Hi, @genevaflores - 

Welcome to After Silence! It's so nice to learn so much about you :) I am sorry, though, for the trauma you went through that brought you here. I hope that by being here, you are able to gain some skills that help you cope as well as some much deserved support. There are so many people here and we all understand this struggle all too well! If you need anything at all, please feel free to reach out to me any time! I'm around :notalone:

Warmest welcome,
Poppy

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