Risk!

abuse, Authoress, ptsd, relationships

On November 14, I had the honor of participating in the Risk! podcast live show in Milwaukee. In my story, I talked about the abusive relationship I was in from ages 17 to 19 (tw: there are some kind-of graphic descriptions of rape and abuse). You can check it out here!

I’m not really the most social person and am still pretty shy, so I was extremely nervous about the show. I mean, I didn’t even know I’d been raped until years later, when I learned that rape isn’t just when you scream “No” at a stranger in a dark alley and they force you to have sex with them anyway. It takes so many different forms, and all of them are very real, very legitimate, and very damaging.

But knowing something and believing it are two very different things. I was worried that people would come up to me and go, “That wasn’t rape,” or “That wasn’t even that bad!” Instead, I got an outpouring of support and spent about an hour after the show greeting and connecting with a lovely group of people.

All in all, it was a super-positive experience and it kind of lit a fire for storytelling in me that I didn’t even know I had. One of the women who approached me after the show mentioned a Madison storytelling group, and I might look into that once I get situated in my new job and finish the last of my boring, soul-sucking post-divorce adult stuff.

Have you ever told your story publicly, readers? I’d love to hear from you!

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2 thoughts on “Risk!

  1. As a victim of spousal rape, I totally understand what you are saying. So many men feel that they can do what they want with their wives but it is so traumatic to experience this yet too many still do not believe that it is rape. Please keep speaking out!

  2. I actually recently just really telling my story publicly, it is what got me to start my blog page, the first story was of my abusive relationship from the ages of 17-19/20.. When I posted it I was so afraid of what family, friends, and co-workers would say when they read it, but the response and feedback I got gave me a bigger push to share. It’s amazing feeling isn’t it? Thank you for sharing!

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