Sexual violence survivors are often more aware of their surroundings than the average person. Everyday activities can become difficult, and even walking alone during the day can make the survivor uneasy.
This storyline is probably a storyline of a woman who has post traumatic stress disorder. Everywhere she goes, she is afraid he’ll be there. Sometimes it’s rational, but sometimes it’s somewhere he would never be. Maybe she’s states away from the attacker, or maybe the survivor and attacker live on the same campus, in the same town, or work together. When it’s acquaintance assault, like most of this blog has been dedicated to, the latter is the most common.
Even when she’s not consciously thinking about it, the memories will stick with her. The fear of being afraid will stay with her. They’ll emerge at the strangest times, and she’ll feel like she’s lost control. Can you imagine having absolutely no control over your own mind and actions?
Please, stand up for the survivor in your life today. The battle is no where as difficult when there’s a chain of support.
Plus… A huge thank you to my wonderful and beautiful cousin Alex 🙂
Just one resource for today:
This terrible story about a woman arrested while wearing no pants, hauled to jail, and then given clothes. She’s suing the police in Portland, Ore. for $750,000. The policeman who arrested her has a history of sexual harassment.