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As I've written before, I'm a sexual assault survivor. It's been four years and my recovery is an ongoing struggle. I think that while the waters got very rough for a while, it's been smooth sailing for me for quite some time now. I've had a couple of triggering moments in the past year, like reading comments and articles by people who aren't very enlightened around issues of sexual assault, and observing victim blaming from so-called allies. And recently, I learned that my rapist is back living in my city.
When your bubble of personal safety has been burst as the result of a violent crime, as mine was, you are hyper vigilant for a time -- or until the end of time. I am proactive in creating a safe environment for myself. But as we have written here over and over again, creating a safe environment doesn't prevent assault...