Thursday, 1 December 2005

rape and sexual assault support - can you help?

This post is intended to a be a support resource for women who have been sexually assaulted or abused and who are looking for information about how other people in the same position responded to what had happened to them. (There are also a few links specifically for male victims at the bottom of the page, but this is not an area I feel able to address in any depth. Amendment - also, see Richard's story.)

I would be very grateful if people felt able to write a small post linking to this one, to raise awareness - male or female, with personal experience or not. The person you work with every day, your friend from college, your sister, your mother, your cousin - they might all have experienced something like this and have never told anyone. Things CAN change, if enough people stand up to be counted. Think of it as a meme. Those 34% of people that Amnesty cite are wrong. I want to convince them.

Being raped or being subject to domestic violence is nothing to be ashamed of. It happens to many, many people and there are as many different ways of dealing with it as there are people who experience it.

I hope that by drawing together like this relevant posts and some resources, other people may be helped in their search to work out their own way forward.

I would be grateful for suggestions for other links, whether they are accounts of people's experiences or support resources. Or please contribute your own experiences if you would like to, either by sending me a link to include, or writing about it in the comments section below, openly or anonymously.

I think this is important, as victims can feel very isolated, very ashamed and very much as if they have no-one to turn to who will understand what they are experiencing.

I am going to put a link to this post in the sidebar and any further links or info will be added here - I do not want my blog to become a one-issue place and this is probably the last actual post I will make on the subject. What happened to me is a part of me, but it is does not by any means define who I am and I don't want to dwell on it or become defined by it. As various other people also say, I am no longer a victim.

People and blogs:


Support and information:

Support links for male victims:

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