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September 12, 2017

Started out like any normal day but has changed my life forever. When they say beauty comes from tragedy it is true and I am living proof. I have started grad school though my short term memory may still be my biggest struggle. I have to do this and help other “survivors” get through this also. I have also come to dislike the word “survivor”. This word brings back all of my fear and anxiety, yet this is the statistic that I have been labeled. I do not agree with labels and one of the first things I plan on doing after I get those letters behind my name is to take this movement to a new level. A change is in order.

One in five women in America has been raped. Rape cost the U.S. more than any other crime. Rape is also the most under reported crime at 63% not reported. Statistics credit

I have been searching for stats on rape/murder for weeks. It seems they do not keep track of this particular problem. After reading this page it’s pretty understandable why they want it kept quiet.

A Rape a Minute, A Thousand Corpses a Year by Rebecca Solnit

But clearly it is a big deal since I am labeled a “survivor”. All the stats I find on victims of rape and suicide rate all point to about 13%. I believe this rate is much higher considering the unreported rapes are at 63%.

Sorry this isn’t in APA format and more than likely the formatting will be all messed up anyway because of my new theme. Even when I edit the HTML myself. Whatever!

Yes, I am a survivor. But surviving isn’t thriving as long as you are suffering from insomnia, PTSD, episodes of major depressive disorder and anxiety/panic attacks.

I do not want you all telling me “I will be ok”, “you will get through this”, ” you can do this”….etc. I know that! I’m 48 hours away from the worst day of my life, that has already created some pretty amazing things! I want you to all to reach down into your soul and be brave and courageous like I am trying to be. Let’s change this.

One last statistic: 99% of perpetrators for sexual assault walk free. Huffpost

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