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hello this is my first post. i am 38 yrs old. have lived in silence from a long term molestation for over 30 yrs and silent from a rape for 28 years. There is even more than that, but I will get to that another time. i am glad to have found an active website of this forum. My life is in turmoil right now as I began therapy 6 months ago and broke my silence and told my story to a very kind, wonderful therapist. i have been through a total mental breakdown, several suicide attempts and numerous medication trials. i am finally on less shakey ground. i still wallow in shame, guilt and doubt but i keep trudging. someday, maybe, i'll be happy.

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Hi Minaque,

I'm glad you've joined After Silence. I'm sorry to hear that you've been having such a rough time of late, but so proud of you for breaking your silence. I hope you find our community to be supportive and helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to message me. You're not alone, and we can all relate as we heal together. :hug::)

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Hi Minaque,

I just wanted to take the time to say welcome to After Silence.

I hope that you find comfort and support here. I know that I have found the strength to face another day many times through the words and presence of those dear ones who make this site a true "community." I am glad that you have joined with us and look forward to getting to know you.

Take care,

Your Sister in Survival,


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Welcome, Minaque!

Regarding you ever being happy again, well, I've noticed that since I've joined here (a few days, now) I actually woke up with an almost smile on my face! I felt relaxed and hardly any negative thoughts about what happened. The people here are great. I know the same will happen for you.

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Hi Mina!!! I'm so sorry for what you have endured!!!!:( I am happy you found a good therapist and I hope talking and listening here can further help you heal and find peace. Opening up is such a huge part of healing for me and there are so may caring and compassionate people here who will never judge or shame you for anything you say or anything you don't say.

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Hi minaque

Welcome to AS. I'm sorry you've been through everything that you have but I'm glad that you have found us and I hope that we can be of some help to you in your journey to get to an even better place. It sounds like you're on the raod already, and whilst you and we know it isn't easy, you have now got us to support you when you meet obstacles.

Feel free to PM me if you need anything

take care of yourself


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i can't believe how many of you have already welcomed me. THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART.

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hi and welcome, minaque! :)

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