Krista- 22

I grew up with this guy who is basically my best friend. One day. After finals. We went to eat, where his friend came along. The friend and I related to each other a lot. Right off the bat I could tell he was different, but in a friend way. At the time my relationship was 2 years in. My boyfriend and I were in a rough patch but nothing that wasn’t fixable. Unfortunately the guy too that as a shot. One day while we were hanging out ( the three of us), my friend stepped out to take a call and the guy decided to do as he pleased. Confused and dozen I was truly scared. My mind wouldn’t comprehend what was happening. Sadly. This wasn’t the last time. The three of us kept hanging out but I kept silent about what happened because I knew how close of friends they were. Soon the guy gained access to tracking my location, and if I didn’t respond to a text or call. He would show up where I was. This obsessive and controlling attitude kept going, and so did the rapes. Soon he turned my best friend I against each other. This whole time. I felt trapped in my mind and body. Screaming in my head but so scared to speak. It continued for 5 months. Before I finally was done, it took me to almost take my life for me to speak up about what happened.

How did this make you feel? What would you say to someone who has been through the same thing?

Alone. Scared. If someone told me they have gone through the same, I’d hug them and tell them. I hear them. I see them. They are strong and they are not alone.

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