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Welcome to After Silence - A message board and chat room for rape, sexual assault, and sexual abuse survivors.

Welcome to After Silence, a message board and chat room designed to help survivors communicate in the recovery of rape, sexual abuse, sexual assault, and all types of sexual violence.

After Silence has over 30 different forums, ranging from topics created to discuss specific areas of healing and recovery from rape and sexual violence, as well as forums open to general discussions and lighter topics. Because we value the privacy of our members, most of our forums are private, which means that ONLY REGISTERED members have access to them. Please register for a free account to gain full access to the After Silence Online Support Group.

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Such A Long Time Coming

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#1 FreeKatie

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Posted 16 February 2014 - 10:47 PM

Just registering here was a big step for me. I'm 52, and have been trying to deal with the sexual abuse I experienced as a child from a next door neighbor (family friend) for I think about 6 years. I was 11 or 12 when it started, and he was 30. Sometimes it's hard to remember details, and other times I can remember exactly every little detail of a certain time. I've tried to deal with this on my own in the past but never really made much progress. I've told a few people, but unfortunately they weren't much help, and after each time it actually drove me to repress it even more, because I felt ashamed and guilty and was even blaming myself.

I'm tired...just really sick and tired, and sad. I want to heal and finally free myself of this secret and all these negative feelings.

#2 lucyinthesky

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Posted 17 February 2014 - 12:54 AM

I am so sorry this happened to you. I am glad you found AfterSilence and hope you find it helpful. You are not alone!

#3 josiel

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Posted 17 February 2014 - 01:08 AM

Hi Katie,


Welcome to AS! 


:aswelcomesu:   :youcanheal:   :notalone:


All the best to you on your healing journey,



#4 reglois



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Posted 17 February 2014 - 04:57 AM

:aswelcomesu: :youcanheal: :notalone:  :sor: for the reasons that bring you here   :bighug: if OK

#5 FreeKatie

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Posted 17 February 2014 - 12:15 PM

Thank you to all who replied. I'll be stopping in regularly. I'm sorry we all have to be here, but it feels comforting to me knowing I don't have to do this alone.

#6 angelic


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Posted 17 February 2014 - 05:12 PM

Hello FreeKatie


welcome to AfterSilence, my name is Paula and I am one of the newbie support team here. I hope you are finding your way around the board okay, if you need any help with anything, please let me know

take care,


#7 ~FOUND~


    Anna is found by God!!! Anna loves Jesus!

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 07:57 AM

Hi there.

Welcome to AS.

i hope you are finding your way around the boards ok.