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I'm here because my therapist thought it would be good for me to join some sort of support group. I'm 22 and a college student and I'm working on healing the best I can. When I was 18, my boyfriend at the time would'nt take no for an answer. It took me 4 years to realised I was assulted and then recently I realized that I was actual raped. It's been a very rough road but I've made a lot of progress. I used to not even be able to say his name. I'm here to hopefully connect with fellow survivors and make some new friends. I hope evryone is doing as best as they can and I look forward to talking with you guys.

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Hi AtYourBeckAndCall.

Welcome to AfterSilence. I am very sorry you have reasons to be here, but happy you decided to reach out. This community is filled with supportive, understanding, and kind individuals. You are not alone. 

Sometimes it does take time. It is unfortunately very common to either doubt what happened or blame oneself. Many of us find our way here by coming to that crossroad. We realize the truth or begin questioning it. This is a safe and healing place to interact with others who have gone thru similar things. I am glad you are away from your ex. What happened to you was undeserved. We are here for you. 

Feel free to look around the community and interact were you feel comfortable and know that you are not alone. I wish you many steps forward as you move down this road we call healing.



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Hi AtYourBeckAndCall. 

Welcome to AS. I'm sorry for the trauma you have experienced, but I'm glad you found the site and decided to join. This is a kind and caring community and we are all here to help each other heal. Sometimes taking with other survivors can help you feel less alone. You are welcome to post and share on the site whenever you feel comfortable. Just reading posts is fine too. Healing is a long journey, but it is possible. I hope you end up finding this site to be as helpful as I do. 

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Hello AtYourBeckAndCall! I am Wanna :flowers:

Your introduction actually reminds me very much of my own here. I was 18 too, first boyfriend and he couldn't take no for an answer. And we are the same age, I am 22 as well, studying online college :) It can take years to understand what happened, leaving us with trauma we can only process so much at the time. 

I am happy to know you are in therapy. I hope it's going well for you there! Your therapist is right, a community can be helpful in so many ways. After Silence offers a safe place to anonymously share your trauma, in the pace you'd like. No expectations, no pressure. This site is here for you! :notalone:

Please know, we believe you. You are invited to contact us staff any time regarding questions, thoughts or for some company. Take your time to explore this site! 

All best, W ☀️

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