It can be easy to blame ourselves for our trauma. This piece, written by a sexual assault survivor, encourages us to forgive ourselves and realize that we are not the cause of our trauma.
“Often, we can feel like violence and unwanted sexual advances are everywhere. We see it happening on the street, in the media, to ones we love. We might not mean to, but once we experience sexual violence ourselves sometimes we compare our experiences to other situations we have been exposed to or have seen on TV. This can cause us to wonder if our experiences are ‘bad enough’ or if our reactions to our experiences are ‘too extreme.’ By feeling this way, we can struggle to make meaning, label, and seek help for our experiences. No violence is normal.”