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Belief is so crucial to healing from sexual assault and rape, yet most people automatically assume guilt of some sort on the VICTIM, not the perpetrator. Victim shaming and rape culture perpetuates abuse. Educate yourself. Believe the victims. Don't antagonize them about what they could have done differently. They will be doing that themselves for the rest of their lives. Trust me.

And that is the fucking truth!

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This confirms many symptoms that I still suffer but didn't know were related to PTSD.

I WANT TO SCREAM

Thank God I have a loving man (Paul Blank) in my life that will get the meaning behind this post. And who will be kind and understanding. Not feel less than. Who will find a way to make things better for us.

'Today in science class I learned every cell in our entire body is replaced every seven years. How lovely it is to know one day I will have a body you will have never touched.' - great quote, incredibly sad & beautiful at once

Rape Trauma Syndrome (RTS)-- is the psychological trauma experienced by a rape victim that includes disruptions to normal physical, emotional, cognitive, and interpersonal behavior. The theory was first described by psychiatrist Ann Wolbert Burgess and sociologist Lynda Lytle Holmstrom in 1974. RTS is a cluster of psychological and physical signs, symptoms and reactions common to most rape victims immediately following and for months or years after a rape.

Rape Trauma Syndrome (RTS)-- is the psychological trauma experienced by a rape victim that includes disruptions to normal physical, emotional, cognitive, and interpersonal behavior. The theory was first described by psychiatrist Ann Wolbert Burgess and sociologist Lynda Lytle Holmstrom in 1974. RTS is a cluster of psychological and physical signs, symptoms and reactions common to most rape victims immediately following and for months or years after a rape.

Yes, and this is why extreme standards of "modesty" will NEVER prevent a man from raping a woman if he is determined to do so!

Rape is not about being desperate nor uncontrollable urges. Rape is about control, domination, and humiliation.

I wish it went like this. Even when someone ADMITS they raped, we still somehow let them off the hook? I keep seeing SO MANY awful stories of white boy school sports stars who LITERALLY ADMITTED THEY DID IT and they did not get convicted. We can't even put in jail the people who plead GUILTY! And people wonder why women don't report.

Even when someone ADMITS they raped, we still somehow let them off the hook? We can't even put in jail the people who plead GUILTY! And people wonder why women don't report.

Someone who has been mentally abused will constantly apologize, hide their feelings in fear of upsetting you, break down during small disagreements thinking it will explode, need a lot of reassurance.

As sad as it is, yes, it is something we need to talk about... and keep talking about

for my friend and her children, who have come so far, with so much father to go--so brave and with such bright futures ahead

My fellow lionesses

speaking out about abuse. healwritenow is a cool blog with many different tools on healing from trauma/abuse

We need to help one another --tell your story, speak up, speak out, and NEVER be ashamed.you survived for a reason(ar) ❤❤❤❤

I am to strong for you to break. You may get in my way. You may waste my time energy and emotions but you will not break me. You don't have that kind of strength. I have been through too much to let you ruin me now

You may waste my time energy and emotions but you will not break me. I have been through too much to let you ruin me now

I was sexually assaulted, It was the worst time in my life. I didn't wanna bother other people so I dealt w it on my own. I'm stronger than you know. Don't underestimate me

don't underestimate me I'm a fighter and will never give up.

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Like, to be honest, just because I know myself, I'm sure that my own "trust no one ever" philosophy will rub off on any children of either gender I may have. But I'm all for teaching respect too, and hopefully eventually creating a world where distrust do

16 Things People Told A Rape Survivor After She Wrote About Her Rape

16 Things People Told A Rape Survivor After She Wrote About Her Rape

Warning: These comments may make you angry.

I will survive~

You are not your abuse. you are not your trauma. You are the cleverness that survived. You are the courage that escaped.

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