Self blame_SurvivorsUK

Self-blame

I was in my mid-20s, openly bisexual, very confident, and had enjoyed a great Saturday night out with my housemates. I had drunk a lot. We were outside the local gay club, having a ciggy. I’d noticed these two guys several times over the last year or so. Everyone noticed them. They were athletic, good […]

Responsibility_SurvivorsUK

Responsibility

This is a big one. If you read this, it should sting. If I write this right, it should sting me too. Recovery is about responsibility. Healing is about you taking responsibility for your healing. It’s not down to anyone else. Your healing is no one else’s responsibility. This is entirely unfair. You were the […]

SurvivorsUK_Abuse_blog

What I thought was love

I have started to type this then delete it over and over again, not sure if it was the right thing to do or not. My life up until 2004 was, how can I put it, difficult, living a life that was a lie. At the time I was married, had a young son, the […]

Supporting friend_SurvivorsUK

Supporting your friend through sexual assault

  You’ve liked their Insta’s, seconds after being posted. You’ve held their hair back whilst juggling a slice of bread and a mug of water. You’ve told them sliders and socks are a no-go. All things considered, you’re a pretty awesome and supportive friend. You are there for them through thick and thin, with tools […]

SurvivorsUK_Isolation

Beating isolation

  Experiencing sexual violence or abuse is difficult enough in itself, but the feelings of loneliness and isolation that can accompany this often make it even worse. There are many reasons why we might become isolated, whether it’s feelings of shame, fear of being with other people or social anxiety, and often after periods of […]

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