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"One year ago, I locked my door and went to sleep; like we all do on any given night. Unfortunately, this night was like no other before and was one I will never be able to forget. I woke up that night to a co-worker who had undressed himself, crawled into my bed and raped me. "
Kathleen, rape survivor

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Members of After Silence share how our message board and chat room has helped them heal from rape, sexual abuse and sexual assault.

"All of my silent screams have finally found a voice because of After Silence. I finally feel that there are people who are willing to listen and understand my need to be heard."

- Lilea

“After Silence is the most amazing and supportive site for survivors and supporters. It has become my family. I have been blessed with tremendous support, love, friendship and understanding at After Silence. In addition to my therapist, After Silence has been instrumental in my healing journey. I "happened" upon the site nearly 3 years ago and wish I had found it sooner."

- P. a survivor

"I was searching the internet for answers after reaching the lowest low of my life. I found so much information to help in healing from being sexually assaulted and a ton of caring individuals at After Silence. It did change my life and has kept me form going back to that place I never want to fall into again. After Silence is the source of so many ideas including the Healing Through Creativity Festival in West VIrginia. Thanks so much to Vera and everyone at After Silence!"

- George

"I have recently joined After Silence after coming across the site while surfing the web. Hesitant at first, I read what was discussed on the board for a while, and found it informative and wanted to participate in topics being discussed. I took the bold step, and signed up -- choosing my username so I could remain anonymous. I soon found myself participating in topics of interest, posting my poetry, adding in my information and chatting with others via the 'chat software'. I found myself talking with other survivors in my own country and others discussing good times and bad in a positive way. I urge anyone wishing to explore further avenues of healing to check out this site."

- Whitedove

"I found After Silence prior to finishing the book of the same name. Within this community I have been able to find my voice and leave my silence behind, walking through this journey with many wonderful friends by my side."

- Nicole

"I started my journey to heal just a few weeks ago. My "T" is the one who directed me to this site. I must be honest and tell everyone that I didnt have great expectations of what a website could do to help in my recovery. But in such a short time I have come to gain trust in the site and the individuals on it. I have found comfort, caring and honest concern. I have made numerous friends and acquiantences. After communicating with so many individuals I am proud to say that my feeling of aloneness is fading (rapidly). The fact that someone can say "I understand" and you know that they truly do is amazing. I do not know how to put into words my gratitude for all of the survivors/members of this site. Each one of you is amazing. Your strength and courage is such an inspiration.."

- Survivor and member of After Silence

"I came across After Silence one evening having hit rock rock bottom. I believe it saved me in alot of ways. I had totally given up and just wanted to end the pain. I read for hours and for the first time since my attack I felt a small glimmer of hope that I may actually be able to get through this. Reading about others who were further along in their healing gave me so much hope. AS will always hold a special place in my heart. I feel it saved my life in so many ways. I'm not sure where I'd be today without it. It gives me the strength to get throught he hard times. Without AS I'd never have met the wonderful amazing people I have been lucky enough to get to know and I'll be forever grateful for it."

- Jessie

"After Silence has propelled me into a faith that not only allowed me to feel the comfort and understanding of others, but the growth of a family I really never had until now, until the flower began to blossom and I became alive again."

- Haullie Free

"I learned I am not alone. It is like a community of friends with one common bond."

- Britta9981

"After Silence gives people a voice they may not have had otherwise, and people do not make judgments on others as they understand what has happened.

AFTER SILENCE means no more silence. Thank you."

- Ihavemadeit

"After Silence has helped me in so many different ways. It is a beautiful community. I consider myself very lucky to be a part of it."

- Dopey


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