You are not weak, you are not worthless, and you are in no way deserving of what happened to you.
You are not broken, damaged, or selfish.
You haven’t been tarnished or tainted. You are not dirty.
Please trust me when I say you are none of the things you believe about yourself in your darkest hours.
I need you to read these words and believe them:
You are not alone.
There is no right or wrong way to process what happened to you.
Maybe you feel numb and empty; maybe you feel searing pain, sorrow, or rage. Maybe you don’t know what you feel.
None of these make you half a person, lost, or unworthy of love.
Maybe you remember nothing, maybe you can never forget.
Maybe it rushes back when you least expect it, and like a crashing wave, knocks the wind right out of you.
It won’t always be this way.
You are strong.
You are courageous.
You are worthy of love.
And you will be OK.
If you’re struggling and need help, please reach out.
The Samaritans are free to call on 116 123 and can be reached 24/7.
Alternatively, you can speak confidentially to your GP, who may prescribe medication or refer you to a local counselling service.
If you feel able and ready to speak to the police about what happened you can find advice about reporting sexual assault here.