A project about sexual assault awareness. Duct Tape over the mouth symbolizes the silence around sexual assault.
I’m sorry that happened to you, but I’m proud that you realize that you are not to blame. It’s perfectly normal to feel that way around someone that has betrayed your trust like that.
I hope that you have or can make plans to help you feel safer when you have to see him. These can be checking in with or staying close to someone that you trust that is at a gathering he’s at, keeping your distance, establishing that you are not interested in certain interactions with him or none at all, knowing where the door is, pretending to use the bathroom when you need to get away to get some air, etc. Or perhaps you would feel more powerful by interacting with him and doing so in a curt manner, or maybe glaring at and staring him down across the room. Maybe your power can be found in not even giving him the time of day to look at or speak to. Or perhaps your power can be in continuing on as usual in a gathering while avoiding him as if he doesn’t matter…which he doesn’t.
It can quell some anxiety to just have a few “tricks” up your sleeve when you feel that you need them. That way, you’re not frozen and scrambling for how to react or what to do. You’re not alone <3
Sorry to hear that. I’m glad that you are finding ways to help yourself and others.
People should check out your page if they need someone to relate to. Keep up the good work!