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10 years ago today, I was raped.

Monday, July 01, 2013

I promise this isn't a depressing blog.

When I was 19 years old, I was working as a bartender while attending college. I usually worked the "Happy Hour" shift, 3p-8p. It was the day after I returned home after my grandpa's funeral in Washington D.C. and I was working my usual shift. The bar was oddly quiet, with some of the regulars popping in but not much else. A guy came in and sat at the bar throughout most of my shift. I had never seen him before. At one point I was behind the bar and I had my back turned. The man wrapped a cord around my neck, dragged me into the back room, and raped me. I put this man in prison for 23 years.

I survived. No, actually, I've THRIVED. I have overcome so much. Things that I never thought I could overcome. As much as my heart hurts sometimes, I know deep down that I have survived one of the worst things in the world. I know that no man can take away my dignity. Not a rapist and not someone who breaks my heart. I am powerful...physically, mentally, and, despite recent evidence to the contrary, emotionally.

I want to say a heartfelt thank you to all of you amazing people. I count on you every single day. Your words of wisdom, encouragement and swift kicks in the ass refuel my tank when I feel as if I am running on fumes. I love you all and I don't know what I would do without you.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JUST_BRENDA 7/9/2013 12:54AM

    I'm really sorry to hear you went through that terrible experience.
I'm really happy for you that you were able to fight back against your rapist in the justice system and really proud that you were so strong to use this opportunity ---it takes a lot of guts to convict an attacker.
this unfortunate experience has made you a stronger person. Sometimes crap leads to good.
Keep strong!!!!

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BRADMILL2922 7/8/2013 11:59PM

    You are amazingly strong! You have control over your life and that is a powerful message in and of itself. Good for you!

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KNYAGENYA 7/2/2013 1:48PM

    I'm proud of you for taking control of your life. emoticon

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STONECOT 7/2/2013 2:54AM

    You have done something that many people never achieve, in that you have taken back the control of your life, and your emotions, and used that to get stronger. emoticon emoticon

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ELEPHANTSOUL 7/1/2013 6:39PM

    Wow, girl. Powerful. If you can set aside your excuses and thrive despite what you've been through then the rest of us should be able to follow your lead. Good for you.

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MISSB8604 7/1/2013 6:17PM

    You are amazing and an absolute hero in my eyes.

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KRITTEN1 7/1/2013 6:17PM

    Thanks for sharing your story. You are a strong person. I don't always feel strong, but I know that I am strong to have gotten through the things that I have.

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