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Sexual Trauma and Recovery*
I am not an expert, I am not a counsellor, but I am a survivor. I have been a victim of sexual violence more than once in my life. My recovery process has been very long and a struggle. That is why this site has a dedicated area for my recovery process.
The actual process of trauma recovery is very different for every person. There is no set right or wrong way to recover, and I do not want to act like I think there is. What I want to do is discuss and normalize a major reality of recovery; that not every day is going to be a good day. The process is not static, and there is no universal way to feel better. I like to think of recovery like hiking in the mountains, the trail goes both uphill and downhill. Somedays will be good, and some will just suck.
There are many blogs and websites that discuss the writer’s personal recovery process. They can be hard to find though. I hope that for those who do find mine it helps you feel less alone. Hopefully, it also reminds you that having a rough patch in your recovery does not mean you are failing or weak. Something that I have had to remind myself of on more than one occasion. Mostly I want to highlight that recovery from sexual violence is not something that can be done in a day. That both men and women who have been victimized have lasting effects from the trauma.
I also want to emphasize that I am not defined only by my trauma. I want to make sure this site reflects that; I still have romantic relationships, fight with my family, and struggle with school. Generally, I deal with the same problems that most people my age do. I have dedicated a “general” section for these topics; as they are just as important to who I am. I also view it as a reminder that survivors are not just their trauma; we are so much more than what has happened to us.
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